For Warrior Ellie Shull, Tuesday’s District 1 3A Girls Soccer Tournament match against the Lynnwood Royals would be her final high school game action at Edmonds Stadium and the senior was looking forward to getting a goal or two for Edmonds-Woodway.
“I was hoping to (score) because it’s our last home game, so it’s my last game on this field,” Shull said. “But I’m happy with what I had.”
What Shull got was the game’s only goal, a sharp-angle, long-distance stunner that curved over the head of Royals’ goalkeeper Kelsey Rogers and into the far upper corner, giving E-W a 1-0 victory over Lynnwood in a district tourney loser-out match.
Shull’s match winner in the 19th minute and was enough to send the Warriors’ into the next round of the tournament and a clash against the Stanwood Spartans on Thursday, Nov. 3. The winner of the E-W-Stanwood match will earn a berth in the WIAA 3A Girls Soccer Tournament later this month.
Concerned about the goalkeeping skill of Rogers, Shull took aim at a far corner of the Lynnwood goal for her game-winner. “I was looking for (the) far post,” explained Shull. “That goalie is really good and she’s tall and she can cover a lot of space. So there’s not very many places where you can look to go to.”
Even Royals’ Coach Mark Mcalexander was impressed with Shull’s goal for the Warriors. “One really spectacular moment was the difference,” Mcalexander stated. “She had one special shot and that pretty much tipped it.”
Edmonds-Woodway had numerous other chances to put the Royals away in Tuesday’s match; the Warriors got off 19 shots, including a penalty kick awarded when Lynnwood’s Ronnie Almaw knocked down E-W’s Michaela Danyo in the 18-yard box with 10 minutes to go. But Danyo’s kick from the penalty spot slid just wide left of the Lynnwood goal, giving the Royals hope they could come up with a goal late in the match.
That game-tying goal didn’t come and the Warriors claimed the victory.
With the loss, Lynnwood’s year came to an end, but Mcalexander was still pleased at how the season turned out. “From a team that two years ago had only one win in the season to squeaking into the playoffs and knocking out (Marysville) Pilchuck – a team that went to state last year – you know, I’m happy about that,” Mcalexander said.
The Royals went 0-2 in the district tournament, but it was the first postseason for the girls soccer program in ten years, noted Mcalexander. “Hopefully we can build off this,” he added.
For the Warriors, a win on Thursday over Stanwood would advance the team into the district third/fourth place match and guarantee them a spot in the state tournament for the fifth time in six years, a prospect that motivated Shull.
“Yeah, I’m excited,” she smiled.
To view the entire District 1 3A Girls Soccer Tournament bracket, click https://www.wescoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=1975&sport=11.
In other E-W playoff action on Tuesday, the Warrior volleyball team fell to Arlington 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-15) at Arlington High School in a first-round match of the District 1 3A volleyball tournament. With the loss, E-W will next take on Snohomish in a loser-out district match on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Arlington High School – part of a double-header of playoff volleyball set to start at 5 p.m.
To view the entire District 1 3A Volleyball Tournament bracket, click https://www.wescoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=1977&sport_id=10.
Prep Girls Soccer: Lynnwood vs. Edmonds-Woodway, Nov. 1 (District 1 3A Girls Soccer Tournament loser-out match)
Lynnwood 0 0 — 0
Edmonds-Woodway 1 0 — 1
Ellie Shull (Edmonds-Woodway), assisted by Chiara Serafini, in the 19th minute
Shots: Edmonds-Woodway 19; Lynnwood 8
Saves: Hannah Hicks (Edmonds-Woodway) 6; Kelsey Rogers (Lynnwood) 13
Corner kicks: Edmonds-Woodway 4; Lynnwood 2
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 11-3-4 overall; Lynnwood 5-11-2
Edmonds-Woodway next match: versus Stanwood, Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. at Shoreline Stadium (District 1 3A Girls Soccer Tournament loser-out match)
Lynnwood next match: 2016 season completed
Prep Volleyball: Edmonds-Woodway vs. Arlington, Nov. 1 (first-round match of the District 1 3A Volleyball Tournament)
Arlington 3 – Edmonds-Woodway 0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-15)
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 9-7 overall; Arlington 13-2 overall
Edmonds-Woodway next match: versus Snohomish, Thursday, Nov. 3 at Arlington High School (District 1 3A Volleyball Tournament loser-out match; part of a doubleheader at 5 p.m.)
— By Doug Petrowski