With a tough schedule ahead for the Redmond girls’ soccer team, head coach Patrick Schiebe and his squad came in hungry for a win against the struggling Lake Washington Kangaroos on a frigid Tuesday night at LW High’s Mac Field.
Instead, their offense was left starving as the Mustangs missed many opportunities — particularly in the second half — and had to settle for a 0-0 tie in the 4A Kingco contest.
Lake Washington entered Tuesday’s game with a 0-3-4 conference record and a 1-4-5 overall, but the Kangaroos escaped several scoring chances by the Mustangs to sneak away with a tie.
“It was a little frustrating when we couldn’t connect, and it was right there,” said midfielder Rachel Herron, who almost scored in the waning minutes of the game. “We had a lot of good chances.”
The first half was a stalemate, as both teams’ aggressive defenses prevented the opposing strikers from having much of a chance to score. Redmond only got three shots on goal during the first half, while LW had none.
The second half, however, was a different story.
While Redmond goalkeeper Jordan Keddie wasn’t seeing much action on her goal, LW goalie Brianna Jackson was kept busy as Redmond broke through the Kangaroo defense time and time again. Jackson showcased her agility with seven saves in the second half, including three between the 62nd and 65th minutes when Redmond had total control of the offense.
The hard-luck Mustangs finally looked to end the game in the 73rd minute when Redmond appeared to have an open shot at goal from the middle-right side of the penalty box, but Herron’s kick was deflected by an LW defender.
In fact, all of Redmond’s hard work was nearly erased during the second overtime period, when a LW penalty kick took a high bounce and was barely grabbed by an outstretched Keddie.
“We each had our good moments when we won balls, but we did our best,” said midfielder Cassie Rodgers.
First-team all-Kingco selection Katie Woodman, a forward, said that the Mustangs need to improve on finishing off scoring opportunities.
And her coach agreed.
“I think sometimes kids fall into the trap of playing to the other team’s strengths, and with the younger team I think we (did that),” said Scheibe, who is in his 14th season as Mustang head coach. “Some of the key points were the real fundamental things, the lack of quality on the last touch that sets things up, was kind of missing a little bit for us.”
Schiebe was pleased with his team’s overall effort and aggressiveness going after balls, particularly on defense, as his team prevented the Kangs from taking any shots on goal the entire game, aside from penalty kicks.
“It sounds great, but if (we don’t score), we still have to split the points,” said Scheibe on the fact that LW did not have a shot on goal. “We re-shuffled the defense a little bit, had somebody new playing back there, (defender Kellie Pfeifer) and she played really well. Kellie did a really good job closing things down before they really got there.”
With the draw, Redmond’s league record evened to 3-1-3 (3-1-5 overall) and made the Mustangs’ path to the playoffs a bit tougher considering the remaining games they have to play.
Redmond played winless Bothell (0-5-2, 0-7-4) after the Reporter’s deadline on Thursday and then face two tough foes next week.
“We have Eastlake (6-2-0, 9-2-0) and Skyline (5-1-1, 6-2-2) coming up … that’s the thing about Kingco, any time you step on the field you’re going to have a challenging match,” Schiebe said. “There’s no gimmes ever. But if we step up and play to our potential, I think we can still make (the playoffs).”