Warriors eliminated by Mercer Island in 3A state quarterfinals | Girls soccer

By David Pan | Nov 16, 2017

Edmonds-Woodway’s postseason run ended with a shutout loss.

Mercer Island scored two goals in the second half to beat the Warriors 2-0 in a 3A state quarterfinal game Saturday, Nov. 11, at Edmonds Stadium.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak that spanned five weeks and four playoff games.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte said that while the loss was tough with time comes perspective and he appreciated what the Warriors accomplished this season – a district title and the second appearance in the state quarterfinals in the last three years.

“This was the third team in school history to get to the quarterfinals,” LeCompte added. “That’s an impressive thing.”

The Warriors (13-4-3) graduate only five seniors, but among the five are three integral players – goalkeeper Hannah Hicks, defender Molly Carden and midfielder Jazmine Nunez. The three were part of the 2015 team that finished third at state.

“We’re going to have to do some sorting out,” LeCompte said of having to replace those three seniors.

Uncharacteristically, Edmonds-Woodway didn’t play its possession-oriented offense against Mercer Island.

“We were letting them dictate the pace quite a bit,” LeCompte said. “We struggled to find our possession style of game that we wanted to play. We’d clear the ball randomly and not target people. Little things ended up turning into big things.”

The Warriors refocused at halftime and came out with some rhythm but then reverted back to the first half style of play.

“Maybe it wasn’t our night,” LeCompte said.

Edmonds-Woodway didn’t have many good scoring opportunities, LeCompte added, while Mercer Island scored while the Warriors were caught in transition. The second goal was mainly the result of a formation change that LeCompte said he hoped would generate some pressure on offense.

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