E-W secures state playoff berth | Girls soccer

Warriors defeat Storm, Tomahawks, take on Chargers in title game
By David Pan | Nov 02, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Juliet Hufford keeps the ball away from a pair of Squalicum players during a district playoff game Saturday, Oct. 28, at Edmonds Stadium. The Warriors won 2-0.

Edmonds-Woodway saved the best for last.

Or at least the best for the last 10 minutes of its 3A Northwest District playoff game against Squalicum.

The Warriors scored two goals to defeat the Storm 2-0 Saturday, Oct. 28 at Edmonds Stadium.

Junior Gaby Chappell gave Edmonds-Woodway the lead and sophomore Kyra Hicks added an insurance goal for the Warriors (11-3-3).

“It was a rough 50 minutes or so. That’s for sure,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte said of the first half and much of the second half of Saturday’s game. “We just weren’t playing well. We weren’t connecting the way we want to. Credit to Squalicum for doing some really good things, playing their possession game.”

The Warriors regrouped at halftime and made some adjustments and started pressuring Squalicum in the last 15 minutes of the second half. One shot bounced off the top of the crossbar and Edmonds-Woodway had several corner kicks.

The Warriors began to gain confidence.

“Once we started to play a little bit more the way we wanted to, it definitely felt … we were going to find a way to make those things happen,” LeCompte said. “Being able to apply pressure is something we’ve been able to do later in the game throughout the season. That was a good thing to do.”

The Warriors followed up Saturday’s game with a 1-0 victory over Marysville-Pilchuck in a winner-to-state contest Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Edmonds Stadium. Hicks scored the winning goal in the first half in the 3A district semifinal contest.

The Warriors face Marysville-Getchell in the district championship game at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at Edmonds Stadium.

The parity in the league has meant that often teams are evenly matched up. The advantage the Warriors have is that they are able to wear down the opposition, which is what LeCompte said happened against Squalicum.

“They got a little bit tired,” he said.

Edmonds-Woodway made frequent substitutions.

“It definitely helps to have multiple players to be able to plug in and play and not seen a drop off in the play,” LeCompte said.

Senior goalkeeper Hannah Hicks also made a critical save on a loose ball in front of the goal to preserve what was a 1-0 lead at the time.

“We’ve seen that a couple times through the years,” LeCompte said of his all-league goalkeeper. “It definitely kept the game where it needed to be for us to continue to move forward.”

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