Wilson charged out of the gates against Kennedy, scoring a quick goal and holding steady on defense to maintain a slim lead well into the second half. But toward the later stages of the match, the high-energy first half seemed to take a toll on the Rams, as they allowed a pair of goals in a minute span and ultimately fell 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout to the Lancers in the bi-district playoffs on Nov. 3 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. “I think fitness was a huge issue toward the end of the game, as well as just keeping our heads in the game,” said Wilson head coach Angie Karabaich. “At some point in the second half, for about 10 to 15 minutes, it seemed like the intensity went down.” Senior forward Brittainy Canonica got the Rams on the board in the third minute, knocking in a header off a beautiful corner from Kailey Norling. The Rams then thwarted several scoring chances by Kennedy forward Selestina Ramirez, as Wilson all-league goalkeeper Danielle Rhea was aggressive in constantly charging forward to snuff out the Lancer attack.
“Danielle was a very strong part of our team today,” Karabaich said. “I was very proud of the way she played. She played really smart, and really she showed a lot of leadership out there.” But Kennedy finally equalized in the 54th minute when Madeline Dailey chipped a ball forward to Ramirez, who ran it down and drove it in. Ramirez struck again less than a minute later on a header off Mary Witkowski’s corner kick to suddenly give Kennedy a 2-1 lead. But the Rams answered immediately when Alexa Blackman headed in a corner kick at the other end less than 30 seconds later to tie it. Despite the Rams’ legs beginning to wear down in the late stages, neither team was able to strike again and the game went to penalty kicks. Witkowski and Dailey drove home the Lancers’ first two chances, but the Rams were unable to convert any of their four chances. The loss brings an end to a season that saw Wilson garner their first league title in 30 years, having gone undefeated in league play with 10 wins and two draws.
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