The Edmonds-Woodway girls soccer team opened their first regular season game on Tuesday firing on all cylinders with two first-half goals by Kalia Machado and Cameron McCarthy.
Unfortunately, the second half was a bit of the opposite for the Warrior squad, but the productive offense in the first half is something for head coach Bill Le Compte to take away from the season opener.
“I thought we started well,” said Le Compte. We had a good first half, but I think we fell back a bit in the second half.”
Le Compte was also glad to see production coming from other areas of the team.
“We really did a good job of dominating the middle of the field,” Le Compte added. “Our midfielders did a good job in the first half. Then I think we all just fell apart.”
Redmond answered the Warriors’ call with two second-half goals, scored just three minutes apart. Kristin Hayman netted the first goal for the Mustangs in the 57th minute, followed by Andrea Larson’s in the 60th minute. Redmond’s Meghan Cooley picked up both assists.
The Warriors’ head coach is optimistic about this team’s potential, pending they clean up a few things from Tuesday’s match.
“I think we’re over the preseason jitters,” Le Compte said. “We’re just working on finding a level of consistency, and then we want to maintain it throughout the year.”
Since Tuesday’s match was non-league, it ended in a draw at 2 goals apiece. Le Compte expects to have tougher tests ahead with the competitiveness of the Wesco South division.
“It always comes down to [Kamiak and Jackson],” Le Compte added. “I’m looking forward to those two, and I think those games will be a good benchmark for where we’re at.”
The Warriors take on Cascade in an away match at 7 p.m. Thursday.
– By Ian Waldron, EWHS class of 2006