Penalty kicks win the match for Warriors Tuesday night

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By Quint Turner

You wouldn’t think that a match-up between the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors and the Arlington Eagles would be a rivalry, but it sure felt like one as the Warriors used penalty kicks to knock off the Eagles 2-1 at home Tuesday night. Cameron Burlin-Day had the only regulation goal for the Warriors and also had the winning penalty kick goal, while Hunter Amundson had the Eagle goal.

It was a physical back and forth battle, as the teams were evenly matched and they both had to rely on their keepers, Eric Whitney for the Warriors and Corbin Anderson for the Eagles, both of whom made terrific saves.

In the 11th minute, the Warriors would be the first to score as Burlin-Day took an errant clear, dribbled near the goal line in the box, and shot a ball that went through keeper Anderson to make it 1-0. The pushing started after a tough shove from Danny Dubois lead to a retaliatory elbow from Amundson, and from then on it would be a physical battle. Fareed Zerafat of E-W took a nice, low shot that would be saved, and then the Eagles came back with a great header that would be saved by a diving keeper. The Eagles finally tied up the game with Amundson taking a rebounded shot and poking it into the net to make it 1-1. The score would remain 1-1 at the end of the half.

The second half was full of great chances for both sides, as Joshua Scarf took a low shot early on that would be stopped, followed up with a header from Ledines that looked to go over Anderson’s head, but he stuck his arm up and made the stop. Dubois also had a great shot that would just barely rise over the net. Zerafat also would have two chances:  He had a cross come straight to him with Anderson on the opposite side that he shot right to Anderson as he dove across. Then he had another chance on a rebound that he just tapped over the crossbar. Ledines had a header late in the half that would be barely headed wide, and Major’s corner for the Warriors would be cleared with time winding down. The game would head to OT at 1-1.

Since OT is just two, five-minute halves, it’s very hard to score but both teams had good chances. The first OT had no shots on net, but in the second OT, Zerefat would dribble the ball down the side of the goal box, then take a shot at a hard angle that would go off the outside of the net. The Eagles had a great chance on Amundson’s shot that floated a long time that had to be punched out of the air by Whitney to make a save. The OTs would end with no score, so the match went to a shootout.

The shootout started with a save on a low shot by Anderson, followed by a goal for the Eagles by Daniel Hanson. The Warriors then would score four in a row as Zerafat finally put one in the net, but the Eagles responded with a goal of their own. Dubois put a beautiful shot top shelf, and finally Whitney made a save to keep the PKs tied 2-2 in the five-round series. Another goal from E-W set up a wonderful save by Whitney to make it 3-2 going into the final round. Burlin-Day would be the last kicker with a chance to end the game, and he would send it in the back of the net to give the Warriors a 2-1 win.

The Warriors’ next match is on Friday at Cascade High School, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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