Ramped up offense powers strong start for Warriors | Girls soccer

Edmonds-Woodway scores 11 goals in its first three contests
By David Pan | Sep 13, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway senior Gaby Chappell keeps the ball away from a Kamiak defender during a nonconference game at Edmonds Stadium.

The Edmonds-Woodway girls soccer team is finding out that good things happen when you score goals.

The Warrior offense produced 11 goals in its first three games and not surprisingly Edmonds-Woodway also emerged with a 2-1 victory over Kamiak, a 3-1 win over Snohomish and a 6-0 rout over Marysville-Pilchuck.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte hopes the offense continues its prolific ways as the Warriors begin their league schedule.

“The last couple of years we started a little slow,” he said. “That does not appear to be the case this year so far.”

During an early stretch last season, Edmonds-Woodway was shut out in four games, resulting in three ties and one loss.

“We’ve got quite a few girls from last year’s group,” LeCompte said. “I think they’re motivated to a do a little different.”

Senior Gaby Chappell and junior Sophia Martino-Crew scored in the season opener against the Knights, while senior co-captain Michaela Danyo scored two goals and senior Chiara Serafini had the other goal against the Panthers. Senior Ingrid Fosberg and Martino-Crew each scored two goals and Chappell and Danyo each had a goal against the Tomahawks.

Danyo noted that she and Chappell have been teammates since their freshman season.

“We mesh together,” Danyo said. “We definitely have some chemistry.”

Danyo likes the way the offense is shaping up with Fosberg and junior Kyra Hicks, who was brought up at the halfway point of last season.

“We’re excited that we started with wins,” Chappell added. “We’re off to a good start. We’re only going to go up from here.”

The biggest change for the Warriors is at goalkeeper with the graduation of second-team, all-league standout Hannah Hicks, Kyra’s older sister.

As of last week, freshman Jessica Emerson has assumed the starting role. She played one half in the season opener and then was in goal for the entire Snohomish contest.

LeCompte acknowledged that it’s unusual to have a freshman as the starting goalkeeper.

“It’s just a very difficult jump at the high school level,” he said. “Some kids are ready. Some are not. She’s just been very confident. The girls have a lot of confidence in the way she’s done things at practice.”

LeCompte and the Warriors were buoyed by Emerson’s solid performances.

“I think it’s going to be a little bit of work here and there depending on the matchups,” he said. “She’s a quality keeper.”

Senior defender Juliet Hufford is impressed by her new teammate.

“We’re all kind of helping her to adjust,” she said. “The way she communicates with us is very effective. It’s hard for a freshman coming in with all the seniors and juniors. The first game she was pretty quiet. We really try to include her and get her working with us. The last game she was really talking more.”

Emerson has an experienced defense to support her with returning senior defenders Hufford, Meghan Ashe and Sophie Pellegrini.

Edmonds-Woodway is coming off a 3A state quarterfinal appearance.

The Warriors are aware of the program’s recent success but are more focused on the here and now.

“It’s always been a competitive program,” Danyo said. “We can’t look at the past years. We have to look ahead of us and do the best we can as a group. I think that every group is different. We just have to make it our own and write our own story.”

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