After riding a surprisingly strong defense to its first ever playoff appearance this season, Foss had to do without two of their key pieces against Kelso on Nov. 3. With starting goalkeeper Pow Onmun and backup keeper Jailynne Jones unavailable due to scheduled college testing, the Falcons fell 6-0 to the Hilanders at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium, bringing their storybook season to an end. “I think we could have played better than we did with what we had,” said Foss head coach Mark Kramer. “We had to overcome some obstacles, and that kind of brings the team down a little bit. But they’re excited they made it this far.” With Onmun and Jones out, freshman Treaunna Madison – a starting forward who had never played as a keeper – stepped forward to volunteer in goal for the Falcons. The Hilanders tested her early and often, maintaining possession and firing long-range shots to try to take a quick lead. Madison made a couple of early saves, and a defense led by sophomore Tyffani Chin and senior Tianna Hall thwarted several Kelso scoring chances.
But the Hilanders got on the board in the 20th minute when Ailee Vegh sent a left-footed shot past Madison from the top of the box. The score held at 1-0 through halftime, but Talyah Gorans made it 2-0 in the 46th minute when she squeezed a shot between Madison and the left post. The Falcons got their best look at goal in the 55th minute, as a fast break led to a point blank shot from Tyra Goshay on the left side, but it was stopped by Kelso keeper Colleen Reynolds. The floodgates then unleashed in the final 20 minutes for Kelso, as Vegh and Gorans added two more goals apiece to provide the final margin. Despite the bitter finish, Kramer was pleased with the accomplishments of his relatively young squad, which returns all but four players next season. “We’ve got to take the lumps this year and come back next year and see what we can do then,” he said. “We’ll be back…this has made the girls hungry.”