Warriors’ defense keeps Jackson in check as tie game means likely No. 1 seed

The Warriors and Timberwolves face off Monday night. (Photo by Tony Dondero)
The Warriors and Timberwolves face off Monday night. (Photo by Tony Dondero)

Edmonds-Woodway’s girls soccer team is expected to clinch a co-championship with Jackson and a likely No. 1 seed to districts, thanks to strong emphasis on defense Monday night at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The Warriors’ defense staved off an attacking Jackson offense, as the two top girls soccer teams in the Wesco 4A South Division played to a scoreless tie in two overtimes.

“Slightly happy,” said Warriors coach Bill LeCompte of the result. “Could’ve been happier.”

No team could break through with a goal, but Jackson had the ball in the Warriors’ end of the field most of the night, outshooting them on goal, 15-4.

“It’s pretty stressful at the end when it gets aggressive and choppy,” E-W senior defender Sofia Colvin said. “They’re definitely really a possession team. As defenders, we have to pressure as much as (we) can.”

LeCompte’s team started off with a two-forward, five-midfielder, three-defender offense, but dropped a fourth defender back in the second half from the midfield, and that helped keep the Jackson attackers from scoring.

The Timberwolves had solid shots on goal throughout the game, including seven in the first half, but could not quite finish.

E-W (11-2-2 overall) and Jackson (11-1-3 overall) will be likely be co-champions of the league with identical 11-1-2 league records. Barring a surprise upset, Edmonds-Woodway is expected to beat Lynnwood (5-9) on Wednesday and Jackson is favored to beat Cascade (2-12), which would mean both teams hold their spot in the standings.

The Warriors last won the league in 2011, when Colvin was a sophomore.

“My whole team is so excited” for the playoffs, she said.

— By Tony Dondero

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