By Quint Turner
For only the second time this year, Everett was held without a goal, and for the first time, the Seagulls lost. Meadowdale’s defense, led by senior Alexa Thompson, stymied the Seagulls throughout the game Thursday night as Ashley Routh recorded an impressive shutout. The Mavericks won 2-0, with both goals coming in the second half. Alisa Sagdahl got an assist on the first one, and then added the exclamation mark goal late in the game to lead the Mavs to the win and the District 3A title.
The first half was very defensively played from both sides. Everett had possession of the ball most of the first 10 minutes, but the Seagulls could not get any shots on net. Meadowdale had a good chance when Emily Crichlow got a through ball to Sagdahl, but she dribbled a bit too far into the corner to get anything going.
In the 22nd minute, Seagull Kristin Snyder put a ball into the box intended for Makaela Nellams, but Routh dove on the ball just before the forward got the ball. Later, in the 35th minute, Maddie Reed threw the ball in to McKayla Fox at the top corner of the box and her shot was saved. Just after that, Routh got the ball quickly up, and Sagdahl got a great cross intended for Crichlow that was cut off by goalkeeper Katie Johnson. Meadowdale got one last chance when Crichlow had a shot from the top of the box that just sailed wide of net. That ended the scoreless first half.
Everett had a great chance early in the second when Snyder lofted a ball into the MHS box and Routh and the Seagulls’ Morgan McCarty went up for the ball, but Routh came down with it. Meadowdale finally broke through in the 58th minute when Rosalyn Stapleton took a through ball from Sagdahl, dribbled down the side to the box, and sent a cross through the defense to Sophie Millet. Millet had all the time in the world with the ball and she easily scored to the corner of the net, making it 1-0 MHS.
Everett tried to get back. In the 66th minute, CJ Shaver retrieved her own corner kick, but her cross was blocked by the defense. One minute later, Sagdahl blocked a clear from Everett that deflected to Crichlow, and she ran down the side and took a shot 30 yards out that just went high.
Sagdahl would make Everett pay in the 75th minute, as Crichlow got a high lob to Sagdahl. Sagdahl didn’t really settle the ball and hit a shot as the ball was still bouncing from 30 yards out and smashed the shot over goalie Johnson to make it 2-0. Everett could not get any more opportunities on Routh and the Mavericks closed the game out to win 2-0.
As the winners of the Wesco 3A district tournament, the Mavs will have the No. 1 district seed in the state tournament. They will play their first game at home, on Nov. 9. Everett, the No. 2 seed, and Shorecrest, at No. 3 seed with a 3-2 victory over Mount Vernon, will both play away games on Nov. 9.
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a sophomore at Meadowdale High School.