Facing the challenge of playing without starting goalkeeper Jessica Emerson, the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors knew an overall team effort on the defensive side of the pitch would be vital in their WIAA 3A State Girls Soccer Tournament Round of 16 match on Wednesday.
The Warriors certainly lived up to that challenge.
E-W recorded its 13th shutout of the season and defeated the Lakeside Lions 1-0 at the Southwest Athletic Complex in south Seattle.
With the victory, the Warriors will move into the 3A state tournament quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 10, and will face the undefeated Gig Harbor Tides at Roy Anderson Field in Gig Harbor. First kick is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Emerson was unavailable for Wednesday’s match against the Lions after being kicked in the head during a district tourney game with Arlington on Nov. 1. Junior Kyra Hicks stepped in and played goalkeeper for E-W and, due to a stingy Warrior defensive line in front of her, was called upon to make only five saves in the game.
E-W Coach Bill LeCompte was pleased with his squad’s effort to limit the number of shots that Lakeside was able to squeeze through to the goal.
“It’s kind of the way we played all year,” LaCompte said. “We’ve done a really good job stepping up and trying not to let shots be put on frame.”
“They just work hard for each other, dying for self and taking the lumps as they come and step in front of that ball,” he continued.
LaCompte wasn’t surprised that his team was able to keep a state tournament qualifier off the scoreboard on Wednesday. “They do a great job … That’s just a behavior that they have engrained within the program. They just take pride in the shutout.”
By stopping Lakeside from scoring, the Warriors would need only one goal of their own to grab the victory. The team got it in the 25th minute when Michaela Danyo sent a long cross from the right side into the 18-yard box where teammate Sophia Martino-Crew was able to head it in for a score.
At first, Martino-Crew wasn’t sure if she could reach the Danyo cross. “I just tried to put anything on it,” the junior said. “I think I hit that with my ear, but I was just trying to put anything on it – and it went it.”
“It feels so good; I’m on top of the world,” Martino-Crew said.
Despite scoring the game-winning goal, Martino-Crew wasn’t entirely pleased with her play on Wednesday, especially in the second half when she received the only yellow card in the match.
“I got caught up a little bit in the petty kind of play with the fouling — it definitely hindered me scoring a second goal,” she explained. “So I’m definitely going to work on that, on staying more composed.”
The entire Warriors’ team will need to stay composed and put together their best effort of the year if they want to get past Gig Harbor on Saturday and remain in the state tournament. The Tides are 20-0-0 this season and have given up only five goals while scoring 81 themselves — an average of 4.55 per contest.
To view the entire 2018 WIAA 3A State Girls Soccer Tournament bracket, click http://www.wescoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2754&sport=11.
Prep Girls Soccer: Edmonds-Woodway vs. Lakeside, Nov. 7 (WIAA 3A State Girls Soccer Tournament round of 16 match)
Edmonds-Woodway 1 0 — 1
Lakeside Lions 0 0 — 0
Sophia Martino-Crew (Edmonds-Woodway), assisted by Michaela Danyo, in the 25th minute
Sophia Martino-Crew (Edmonds-Woodway) in the 64th minute
Kyra Hicks (Edmonds-Woodway) — 5
Hannah Dickinson (Lakeside) — 3
Edmonds-Woodway — 9
Lakeside — 9
Edmonds-Woodway — 3
Lakeside — 2
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 17-3-0 overall; Lakeside 12-5-4 overall
Edmonds-Woodway next match: versus Gig Harbor, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. at Roy Anderson Field / Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor
— By Doug Petrowski