Edmonds-Woodway knocks off Royals 3-0, seizes first place in league | Boys soccer
Ten minutes into last week’s rematch with Lynnwood, Edmonds-Woodway coach Michael Ochoa could tell that the Wesco 3A South boys soccer game was going to be different than the first meeting between the two teams.
The Royals defeated the Royals 4-2 in a non-league game on March 21. This time Edmonds-Woodway started off strong and attempted its first shot early in the game.
“The first shot was really important,” Ochoa said. “The first shot came within the first minute of the game. Their goalie had to make a save. Our first corner kick came off of that.”
With momentum on their side, the Warriors took a 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman Simon Ghebreamiak in the 27th minute and went on to beat Lynnwood 3-0 Wednesday, April 5, at Lynnwood High School.
Ochoa was glad to have an early goal but he wanted more.
“Having the first goal, it’s always a good feeling,” he said. “But knowing that you’re playing a team like Lynnwood, you can’t really count on one goal. … The coaching staff kind of made a decision to make sure we had to get after it and get another one and finish the game and put them away.”
Five minutes after Ghebreamiak scored, he provided the assist to senior Armon Tenaw, who put the Warriors up 2-0. Ghebreamiak closed out the scoring with his second goal with five minutes left in the second half.
The victory lifted the Warriors (6-0-1 in the league, 6-3-2) in sole possession of first place in the Wesco 3A South and ended a six-game Royals’ winning streak.
“With the leadership that we had in the back and in the middle of the field that night and all the training we’ve been doing paid off,” Ochoa said.
While Ghebreamiak and Tenaw provided the offense, seniors Njaka Jammeh and Cameron Cohn clamped down on defense.
“Those guys really stepped up big and committed to some great tackles,” Ochoa said.
The midfield, led by Tenaw, had good runs throughout the game.
“It just kind of help boost the confidence of the players around them,” Ochoa said of the defense and midfield’s play.
Wednesday’s game was the fourth in which Ghebreamiak came off the bench and scored a goal.
“He’s a really effective player. He’s a sneaky player that a lot of guys don’t think he’s going to be capable of doing something,” Ochoa said. “He gets into space and finds good chances to shoot.”
Ochoa plans to keep using Ghebreamiak off the bench.