Senior Karr drives Edmonds-Woodway to victory | Boys soccer

Warriors take down archrival Mavericks
By David Pan | Mar 29, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Sebastian Olson (2) battles with Meadowdale’s Javier Ramirez during a Wesco 3A game Tuesday, March 27, at Edmonds Stadium

Edmonds-Woodway made the most of its opportunities against Meadowdale.

Senior Jackson Karr scored two goals in a span of five minutes in the first half to help lead the Warriors to a 3-0 victory over the Mavericks in a Wesco 3A boys soccer game Tuesday, March 27, at Edmonds Stadium.

Karr gave Edmonds-Woodway (3-0-0 in the league, 6-1-0 overall) a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute. Senior Armon Tenaw, broke through on the right side, drawing the attention of the Meadowdale goalkeeper. Tenaw then passed the ball past the goalkeeper to a wide open Karr on the left side, who booted the ball through the goal.

“Armon, he’s such a good player. It was all him,” Karr said. “He took it all the way and I just finished it. It was his goal.”

Karr then found an opening on the left side of the field and booted in his second goal of the contest.

“I got a through ball and I cut in,” Karr said. “I’m getting more comfortable cutting in. I took the shot and got pretty lucky. It hit off the post and went in.”

Tenaw added a third goal just as time ran out in the first half.

“Our attack, getting players out to the wing, I think was pretty effective in the first half,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Michael Ochoa said. “We stretched out their backline enough to get behind, make some chances and gave the keeper a hard time.”

Meadowdale coach Michael Nelson said that mental errors and miscommunication contributed to breakdowns in the Mavericks’ defense.

Even though the Warriors went into halftime with the 3-0 lead Meadowdale (1-1-1, 3-3-1) had their opportunities with three solid shots on goal. The Mavericks kept the pressure on Edmonds-Woodway in the latter part of the first half but was unable to score.

“We had a couple of good looks,” Nelson said. “I thought when we were on, the opportunities were there. We just didn’t capitalize on them. We didn’t finish.”

Junior goalkeeper Mackey Guenther and a veteran Edmonds-Woodway defense did their jobs, Karr noted.

“We have a really strong backline,” he said. “They’re all really hard workers. We just stayed with it. They were pushing hard.”

The Warriors regrouped at halftime and were able to maintain better control of the ball in the second half.

“We did give up a lot of passes in the first half. We gave a lot of chances to them that we could have clearly kept on offense,” Ochoa said. “So at halftime we made some adjustments. We kind of discussed how we need to get the ball and move it to the midfield again. … I’m just really proud of what we did defensively.”

Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale both have made significant progress from a year ago. The Mavericks already have tripled their number of total victories three weeks into the season. The Warriors were 3-3-1 after their first seven games last year.

“Compared to this time last year, we’re increased the amount of scoring and decreased the amount of goals scored on us,” Ochoa said.

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