Warriors can’t find net in 2-0 season-ending loss to Bears

Edmonds-Woodway dominated just about every aspect of Tuesday night’s first-round 4A state playoff soccer game against Olympia.

Except on the scoreboard.

The Bears scored on a corner kick in the first half and then added an insurance goal late as the game was winding down to defeat the Warriors 2-0 at Edmonds Stadium.

Edmonds-Woodway started strong, pressuring Olympia sophomore goalkeeper Sophie Kabel with four shots in the first five minutes of the contest. The shots kept coming throughout the night for the Warriors (14-3-2), especially in the second half, but none of them made it to the back of the net.

“I don’t know what the difference was. Honestly, I look at it and say I think we dominated play,” said Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte. “We just couldn’t find the net.”

The Bears found the net at the 18-minute mark of the first half when senior Maggie DaBell scored on a corner kick. After taking some time to regroup, the Warriors pushed hard to tie the score but went into halftime down 1-0.

Edmonds-Woodway has been behind this year and found a way to rally.

“We’ve done it before in the season,” LeCompte said. “Tonight it just didn’t work.”

It wasn’t for lack of trying.

After not having a corner kick until midway through the first half, the Warriors had two in the first two minutes of the second half.

In the 53rd and 58th minutes of the game, Kabel recorded two key saves on strong shots by the Warriors.

“Defensively, they’re strong obviously,” LeCompte said. “Their goalkeeper came through on a couple of shots. She stepped up.”

Edmonds-Woodway’s best opportunity to tie the score was on a shot by sophomore Gabby Clark that hit the crossbar and bounced back into the field of play at the 57th minute.

With just under 10 minutes left in the game, a free kick by senior Savanah VanCitters just barely sailed over the crossbar.

LeCompte moved personnel up front in an effort to secure the tying goal. That led to Olympia’s second goal. Freshman Jenna Killman scored with about two minutes left in the game.

“We were thin at the backside,” he said. “That cost us the second goal. … We were playing to get back in it and unfortunately, it didn’t work out.”

The Bears’ defense was strong.

“They do a great job of getting numbers behind the ball,” LeCompte said. “If you looked up, we had four or five blue jerseys against our two, three forwards all night. I think they do a great job of keeping the ball out of the net.”

LeCompte, though disappointed that the Warriors’ season was over, will look back fondly at what the players, especially the senior class, accomplished this year.

“They turned our program in the right direction,” he said. “They turned it back into a family. They gave everything they had to each other every night.”

— By David Pan

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