Warriors knock off Spartans | Girls soccer

Edmonds-Woodway shakes off sluggish start, beats Stanwood
By David Pan | Oct 13, 2016
Photo by: David Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Jazmin Nunez (12) and Stanwood’s Bethany VanSant wait for the ball to drop during a Wesco 3A game Oct. 6 at Edmonds Stadium.

Edmonds-Woodway’s offense rose to the occasion in a key Wesco 3A South girls soccer game.

Ellie Shull, Chiara Serafini and Molly Carden all scored goals to lead the Warriors to a 3-0 victory over Stanwood Oct. 6 at Edmonds Stadium.

The three goals were the most since a mid-September against Meadowdale. The win also was the third straight by the Warriors (5-1-3 in the league, 7-2-4 overall), after three previous games resulted in ties. The Spartans (4-3-1, 7-4-1) were close behind Edmonds-Woodway in the standings.

“Getting some distance from the team that’s right next to us is a good thing,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte said.

“This is a big win,” Shull added.

Shull and Carden’s  goals were off corner kicks and Serafini’s  came off a free kick.

“It’s something we’ve been focusing on,” LeCompte said. “We did a great job of making that happen and to get three goals in a game is always a huge thing, especially since we’ve been doing the work. It just hasn’t panned out the way we wanted to sometimes.”

Shull gave Edmonds-Woodway a 1-0 lead at the 38-minute mark. The Warriors came out strong in the second half and took a 2-0 lead when Serafini scored off a free kick at the 45-minute mark and Carden followed three minutes later.

“It huge,” LeCompte said of how fast Edmonds-Woodway scored in the second half. “We want to try and get something. To be able to do it as quickly as we did, back to back, put them in a big hole.”

Edmonds-Woodway didn’t start out strong, as Stanwood dictated much of the action for the first half. The Warriors’ defense was tested by the Spartans.

“Coach motivated us at halftime,” Shull said. “He had to let us know that we needed to step it up and pick up our work rate. They were working harder than us in the first half and that was something we needed to pick up on. We just got our heads up and communicated more and that’s how we started out with our goals.”

After Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Arlington, Edmonds-Woodway is in third place in the league behind the Eagles and Marysville-Getchell. Edmonds-Woodway faces Snohomish, Mountlake Terrace and Shorewood in its final three regular season games.

“We’re right where we want to be. I like what we have going,” LeCompte said.

“I’m really confident about this team,” Shull added. “It’s my senior year and I want to finish out strong. I think this group can do it.”

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