Edmonds-Woodway claims Wesco 3A championship | Girls soccer

Warriors rally from two-goal deficit for a key victory over Shorecrest
By David Pan | Oct 25, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s A.J. Martineau (left) gets tangled up with Lynnwood’s Martina Avila Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Lynnwood High School.

Edmonds-Woodway won the league championship the old fashioned way – the Warriors earned it.

In two of its toughest games of the season, Edmonds-Woodway edged Cedarcrest 1-0 and then pulled out a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Shorecrest in Wesco 3A girls soccer action.

The Warriors followed up those two wins with a 4-0 decision over Lynnwood and a 2-0 victory over Shorewood last week. Edmonds-Woodway (13-1-0 in the league, 14-2-0 overall) then closed out the regular season with a 3-0 triumph over district rival Meadowdale on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The highlight of the season likely was Edmonds-Woodway’s furious comeback against the Scots, which took a 2-0 lead in the second half. Senior Michaela Danyo scored two goals to tie the score and junior Kyra Hicks punched in the game-winner for the Warriors

“We had to dig out of a hole, a big hole,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte said. “We found some character and the ability to explode in the last 17 minutes, which is good. Hopefully it’s a learning thing we can hold on to and move forward with.”

Senior Chiara Serafini wasn’t surprised at the Warriors’ resiliency in the face of a 2-0 deficit.

“We always know we’ve got to be gritty and grind things out if it’s hard,” she said. “I think it’s evident in the way we came back that we never gave up and we believed in each other, which is the most important thing. We need to believe in each other to be able to come back.”

The Warriors’ balanced attack was on full display in the matchup with the Royals. Four different players –Serafini, Gaby Chappell, Sydney Scott and Sophia Martino-Crew – each scored goals.

“We’ve got seven or eight different goal scorers this season, so that’s not a bad thing,” LeCompte said. “It’s coming from all different places.”

The Warriors scored five minutes into the first half against Lynnwood and then added two more goals to take a 3-0 halftime lead.

“What I noticed was our midfielders and forwards started to gel better,” Martino-Crew said. “So we started to put goals in.”

LeCompte noted that Edmonds-Woodway used some different formations that seemed to work well.

“I like some of the dynamics that we created in the attack tonight that we’ve been missing a little bit,” he said.

The Edmonds-Woodway defense continues its strong play. The Warriors have recorded nine shutouts. LeCompte and the players are impressed by the play of goalkeeper Jessica Emerson, the lone freshman on the roster.

“She’s awesome,” Serafini said. “You need to have a strong back of the spine. She’s definitely our strong back. You’ve got to believe in everyone on the team and she’s someone we definitely all believe in.”

Edmonds-Woodway heads into the postseason with confidence but determined not to overlook any opponent.

“You can’t take things for granted,” Serafini said.

“We want to keep pressing the gas pedal and doing what we know we have to do,” Martino-Crew added.

Edmonds-Woodway hosts either Meadowdale or Ferndale in a 3A District tournament game at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at Edmonds Stadium.

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