Edmonds-Woodway’s postseason run ends with district loss | Boys soccer

Warriors outscored in second half, lose 4-2 to Shorecrest
By David Pan | May 19, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Lorenzo Rohani (right) and Shorecrest’s Noah Trostle go up for a header during a 3A District 1 playoff game Thursday, May 11, at Shoreline Stadium. The Warriors lost to Shorecrest 4-2.

Edmonds-Woodway came up short against Shorecrest in a loser-out 3A District 1 boys soccer tournament game.

The Warriors fell 4-2 and were eliminated from the postseason Thursday, May 11, at Shoreline Stadium.

Andrew Shin and Armon Tenaw scored the goals for Edmonds-Woodway (8-9-2 overall), which went into halftime tied at 1.

“I was pleased with the way the team came out and attacked in the first half,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Michael Ochoa said. “We wanted to establish our game in the midfield and both center midfielders used the space that Shorecrest gave us to create passing lanes and connect with our outside midfielders. The second half could’ve gone better, but overall we played our game and tried to keep the ball moving around the field.”

Edmonds-Woodway opened district play with a 2-0 loss to Squalicum on Saturday, May 6, but then rebounded with a 2-1 win over Marysville-Pilchuck  on Tuesday, May 9.

In his first season as head coach, Ochoa said he was pleased with the season and how the players adapted to a new system.

“The challenge was to have the players buy into the new system and create a team around the strengths that they had this season and not last season,” Ochoa said. “We had to create a culture on the team that any player could score and any player could contribute to the game. This season we had over 10 different goal scorers and multiple players with three or more goals. … Success this season wasn’t just in the result at the end of the game, but the feeling players had that they were a part of a team.”

Ochoa said that co-captain Kyle Aure and Cameron Cohn played key roles in the Warriors’ success.

“Kyle finished the season scoring seven goals and having three assists and his passion for winning was infectious among the younger players,” Ochoa said. “Cameron committed to running the defense in front of a new goalkeeper and kept the back line playing at a high level. Cameron’s experience as a player helped him lead others and he gave the team a sense of safety and consistency in the back.”

Ochoa expects to have up to 10 players back next season and will have players from a junior varsity team that has gone undefeated the last three years.

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