The game was billed as “Jam the stands, soccer version,” and while Meadowdale had more fans in attendance, Edmonds-Woodway put more balls in the goal as the Warriors beat the Mavericks 2-0 on Tuesday night.
The two Warrior goals both came in the first half. Number one was at 17 minutes in on a shot from about 20 yards out on the right side from Ellie Shull. “That was a great hit,” said Warrior coach Bill LeCompte. “ The fun part is we have some key players that people pay a lot of attention to and if they take their eyes off a gal like Ellie, she will make you pay.”
The second goal came about 15 minutes later. This time it was E-W’s Maddie Schultz going solo through four Meadowdale defenders and then finding the corner of the net for the second and final goal of the night. “That number 2 (Schultz), I haven’t seen anything that fast that can control the ball like that in a long time,” said Maverick coach Terry Ryan.
Edmonds-Woodway controlled the tempo from the outset. The Warriors’ first shot on goal was a free kick from the 25-yard line that sailed just over the cross bar. Several minutes later, the Warriors pressured again with Hailey Hull finding Rylee Peterson on a cross and Peterson’s header was stopped by Maverick goalie Ashley Routh.
Schultz had a breakaway shot just miss over the crossbar and then Ashleigh Fonsen passed to Schultz, who crossed to Peterson but her shot was stopped by Routh. “ Moments later Gabby Clark found a streaking Shull down the right side and Shull did the rest, squaring up for the first goal of the night. “Most teams have one or two runners. They have four or five,” Ryan said of the Warriors.
Meadowdale would attempt an equalizer moments later as Hannah Taylor found herself open for a long shot, but the ball sailed over the Warrior goal.
Peterson would find Schultz, who had an open look, but once again Routh would step up. “ We have a phenomenal keeper, the best keeper in the league,” Ryan said of Routh.
Meadowdale would briefly pressure the Warriors. First, freshman Mykaela Marsh had a shot on goal and then Taylor followed with a shot that was stopped by Warrior goalie Kiera Towell.
Just when it looked like Meadowdale was getting back into the game, Schultz did her magic Schultz took a pass from Hailey Hull and worked her way through the Maverick defense for the score. “ We were just trying to control them, “ said Ryan. “We just slipped up twice in the first half.”
Edmonds-Woodway would have one more strong scoring opportunity in the first half but Megan Zollars was able to kick the ball away just before Fonsen fired on goal.
The second half saw Edmonds-Woodway continue to control the line albeit with less shots on goal. Fonsen’s corner kick at the 33- minute mark found Schultz’s head, but her shot found Routh’s hands in goal.
Five minutes later Erica Romulo had a decent chance on goal for the Mavs, but once again was denied by Towell. At the 22-minute mark Peterson for E-W had an opportunity to make it 3-0, but her shot just missed short right.
The next real chance at scoring came as the clock was winding down with Schultz finding Peterson, but the senior was unable to convert as the clock ticked to zero.
The Mavericks have been decimated by injuries, a fact not lost on their coach. “ We played eight freshman,” said Ryan. “By the end of the game we had no subs left on the bench. I was extremely proud of our effort tonight.”
Said E-W coach LeCompte, “ It’s nice to see our players all on the field together. We’ve been missing some. I’d like to see us take more advantage of some of our opportunities, but I’m happy with the win.”
Next up for Edmonds-Woodway is a home match Thursday with the always tough Glacier Peak, while Meadowdale will host Shorewood at Lynnwood High School on the same night.
E-W 23:48 Ellie Schull (from Clark)
E-W 7:25 Maddie Schultz (from Hull)
— By Jeff Smarr