Edmonds-Woodway scored two times in the first 10 minutes of their state playoff game against Auburn Mountainview and never looked back enroute to a 4-0 victory over the visiting Lions.
“We wanted to score quickly in this game and get ahead early,” said senior forward Rylee Peterson.
As she has often this year, junior striker Madison Schultz led the way for E-W, Wednesday night being responsible for three of the four goals in the game.
“The passes that get it to her are what makes her able to do the things she does. She does her job. She loves to be out here,” said Warrior coach Bill LeCompte. “Honestly, she’s just a part of the team.”
The Warriors’ first goal was set up by a long cross from Ashleigh Fonsen, which Schultz took on the left side and drilled it home. Five minutes later Schultz got the ball at midfield and dribbled past several Lion defenders, finally finding herself facing Lion goalie Rachel Fieser point blank from the left side. Schultz once again found the net, this time shooting it through the goalie’s hands.
“It’s never as easy as sometimes it looks. We definitely came to play,” said LeCompte.
Six minutes later, the Warriors took a commanding 3-0 lead as Schultz, having beat several defenders, was tripped in the box, setting up a penalty kick. The junior calmly converted the PK, using her right foot this time to complete her early hat trick.
Though the temperature was hovering near freezing, the Warriors didn’t seem affected,” We just go out and do our stuff, “ said LeCompte. “These girls play year round. They’ve been in it before.”
In the second half the Warriors continued to pressure the goal, with Fonsen missing twice and Melissa Long firing just over the cross bar midway through the half. Finally, the E-W’s efforts paid off as Peterson’s attempt from the right side bounced hard off goalie Fieser and Savannah Norton cleaned up the deflection for the final goal of the night. It was one of several near misses for Peterson.
“So close, not quite in. We’re all one team, get it in the back of the net. That’s our goal,” said Peterson.
The Warriors advance to the round of eight with a game this weekend at Edmonds Stadium against Seattle Prep. The date and time will be announced Wednesday.
“This is the first time in school history we have advanced. I think it’s a pretty big deal,” said a jubilant Peterson. “I’m so excited for what’s next.”
1st half scoring
Schultz 18:55 (Penalty kick)
–By Jeff Smarr