Warriors excited about veteran defense, retooled offense | Girls soccer

E-W senior is one of top goalkeepers in the state
By David Pan | Sep 21, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway junior forward/midfielder Michaela Danyo (7) and Meadowdale senior defender Isa Whalen chase after a ball during a Wesco 3A South game Saturday, Sept. 16, at Edmonds Stadium. The two teams played to a 0-0 tie.

The Edmonds-Woodway girls soccer team looks ready to make another strong run for the postseason

The Warriors graduated only three seniors from last year’s district playoff team.

Senior goalkeeper Hannah Hicks anchors a defense that should be among the Wesco 3A South’s best. The Warriors allowed only two goals in 12 league contests in 2016.

“We’ve got so much potential. I’m excited to see what we can do during the season,” said Hicks, who earned first-team, all-league honors.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte said he feels fortunate to have been blessed with solid goalkeeping the last seven or eight years.

“Hannah is one of the best goalkeepers in the state,” he said. “We get bailed out quite a bit by her abilities. … She’s worked so hard at becoming the goalkeeper that she is.”

The Warriors’ defense also is bolstered by the return of defenders Molly Carden, Juliet Hufford, Sophia Pellegrini and midfielder Sydney Scott.

“We feel pretty confident with their abilities,” LeCompte said. “They’ve been doing a really good job so far.”

The offense is undergoing some changes with the graduation of Ellie Shull. LeCompte and his staff are still trying to determine what the best lineup is.

“I think we’re going to lean pretty heavily on Michaela Danyo and Gaby Chappell to help in the attack,” LeCompte said. “We’ve got kind of a surplus of quality individuals that can play forward. So we’re trying to figure out how to incorporate everybody in a way that’s going to help. I think those two are going to anchor quite a bit of the play.”

LeCompte also expects that senior Lexi Catton, junior Ingrid Fosberg and sophomore Dara Stotland to see significant action up top.

“One of the things that was really great about last year is that we didn’t have one core person that scored all of our goals,” Hicks said. “Because of that we have so many girls that can shoot and can get up there, which is really great.”

The Edmonds-Woodway offense, however, wasn’t able to get on track in a 0-0 tie with Meadowdale Saturday, Sept. 16, at Edmonds Stadium.

The Warriors left the field feeling less than pleased with their play.

“I think our forwards didn’t run quite the way we’ve been working, the way we did on Thursday night against Oak Harbor,” LeCompte said. “We’re trying to figure out how we can incorporate the center mids a little more than we did. We started to do it decently in the first half. In the second half we got more into a track race.”

Hicks added that it’s important for the Warriors to be fired up.

“We definitely have to make sure that we’re coming out excited and pumped up.” She said. “Saturday games are always hard. It’s the middle of the day. I think that definitely had a little bit of an effect on both teams.”

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