Warriors capture state opener | Girls soccer

Edmonds-Woodway edges Chargers for 3A Northwest District crown
By David Pan | Nov 09, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Gaby Chappell waits for the ball to drop to the artificial turf during the Northwest District championship game Saturday, Nov. 4, at Edmonds Stadium. Chappell scored the winning goal with about three minutes left in the contest.

Edmonds-Woodway is headed to the state quarterfinals.

Sophomore Kyra Hicks scored two goals and the Warriors survived a late scare to defeat Bonney Lake 3-2 in a first round 3A state girls soccer tournament game Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Edmonds Stadium.

Edmonds-Woodway appeared to be on its way to an easy 3-0 victory, but then suddenly found its lead in serious jeopardy when Bonney Lake’s Kaylee Coatney scored two goals in the last six minutes of the game. But the Warriors’ defense stiffened and Edmonds-Woodway prevailed.

The Warriors host Mercer Island at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at Edmonds Stadium.

“It’s nice to get out of the first round, especially at home,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte said. “It’s a good thing to be able to accomplish. We’ve got to fix some stuff. We shouldn’t have given up the two goals that we did.”

The Warriors came into Tuesday night’s game knowing that Coatney was a scoring threat. But the 3-0 cushion actually worked against Edmonds-Woodway.

“The reality is we started getting a little bit lazy and she caught us,” LeCompte said. “To her credit, she did what she’s been doing most of the season from the sound of it.”

After edging Marysville-Getchell 1-0 in the district championship game on Saturday, Nov. 4, the Warriors’ offense is starting to heat up. Junior Michaela Danyo gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead 19 minutes in the first half.

“We were opening up some opportunities, some good passing lanes and kind of working the ball down the field as a group and finding the result at the end of it, which is definitely a positive thing to be doing right now,” LeCompte said.

Junior Gaby Chappell scored the game-winner against the Chargers with about three minutes left in the game.

“It feels great,” Chappell said of winning the district title. “My freshman year I was here. I’m so proud of the team getting back to this point. … Today the goal was to play to our potential and get the district championship and we’ve accomplished our goals.”

As Morgan Davis was dribbling up the field, Chappell saw an opening in the Marysville-Getchell defense.

“I saw an area I could run through and I did,” she said. “I got it to a touch and I hit it near post and it was in.”

Added LeCompte, “She just placed it so well on that near post, especially against that keeper. She’s a good keeper.”

The Warriors and Chargers played to a scoreless tie during the regular season and Saturday’s game appeared headed for overtime until Chappell’s goal.

“I just think that for us to be able to pull it out and to be able to be home for state, that’s just a great honor again,” LeCompte said.

Tuesday’s victory was Edmonds-Woodway’s eighth straight.

“I think we’re playing well at the right time of the season,” LeCompte said.

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