Prep girls soccer: Panthers dash Warriors’ hopes of state tournament berth

After earning berths in the WIAA 3A State Girls Soccer Tournament six of the past eight years — and reaching the quarterfinals of the state tourney the past two seasons — the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors are becoming a regular fixture at the 3A state tournament. But this year’s Warrior squad won’t get the chance to play in the tourney after being defeated by the Snohomish Panthers 2-0 in the District 1 3A Girls Soccer Tournament third-place match played Saturday at Shoreline Stadium.

With the loss, Edmonds-Woodway finished fourth in the District 1 tourney, out of the top three placements required to qualify for state.

“It kind of sucks at the moment,” said E-W Coach Bill LeCompte.

Snohomish, the No. 1 seed in the district tourney, dashed the Warriors’ hopes for a state berth Saturday with an aggressive style of play that E-W wasn’t able to match.

“I think the first half was the big difference,” LeCompte said. “I think that Snohomish, to their credit, played really motivated and went harder to 50-50 balls. We were a little sloppy on ‘D’ in some critical spots and that’s how that (first) goal happened.”

The Panthers scored in the 37th minute on a well-executed counterattack following a Warrior corner kick. Snohomish’s Cheyenne Rodgers finished the four-on-two rush with a shot from nine yards out that E-W goalkeeper Jessica Emerson got a hand on, but she wasn’t able to stop from rolling into the goal.

Snohomish added an insurance goal by senior Grace VanAssche in the 80th minute; LeCompte took the blame for the last-minute goal as he had directed this back line to push forward for a potential game-tying goal late in the match.

Because the team had set a goal of qualifying for the state tournament, Saturday’s loss was painful, LeCompte said.

“Every year for quite a long time they’ve put a benchmark and said we’re going to try to reach this bar; and the bar is state (tournament). And if not, it feels bad,” LeCompte stated.

LeCompte also tried to soften the blow of missing out on the state tourney by pointing out the overall success that the team had this year, compiling a win-loss-tie record of 15-4-1.

“They accomplished quite a bit,” LeCompte stressed.

“It’s a disappointment initially, but you look at it and go, ‘There aren’t that many teams that win 15 games in a season,’ and we are consistently doing that,” LeCompte added.

E-W has averaged 15.8 wins per season since 2014, when the team won the 3A state championship.

Snohomish joins the Ferndale Golden Eagles and the Marysville-Getchell Chargers as the three District 1 qualifiers for the 2019 3A state tournament. To view the entire District 1 3A Girls Soccer Tournament bracket, click www.wescoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=3107&sport=11

Prep Girls Soccer: Edmonds-Woodway vs. Snohomish, Nov. 9 (District 1 3A Girls Soccer Tournament third place winner-to-state loser-out match)

Edmonds-Woodway 0 0 0

Snohomish 1 1 2

Goal scorers:

— Cheyenne Rodgers (Snohomish) in the 37th minute

— Grace VanAssche (Snohomish) in the 80th minute

Shots:

— Edmonds-Woodway, 6

— Snohomish, 19

Saves:

— Jessica Emerson (Edmonds-Woodway), 6

— Grace Wales (Snohomish), 2

Corner kicks:

— Edmonds-Woodway, 3

— Snohomish, 1

Yellow cards:

— Sophia Martino-Crew (Edmonds-Woodway) in the 72nd minute

— Bree Nichols (Snohomish) in the 79th minute

Records: Edmonds-Woodway 15-4-1 overall; Snohomish 16-2-2 overall

Edmonds-Woodway next match: 2019 season completed

— By Doug Petrowski

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