Edmonds-Woodway swept away by Tides in shootout | Girls soccer
Last updated 11/15/2018 at Noon
Edmonds-Woodway pushed undefeated Gig Harbor to the brink.
But after 80 minutes of regulation, two scoreless five-minute overtime periods and a shootout, the Tides emerged with a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Warriors in a 3A girls soccer state quarterfinal game Saturday, Nov. 10, at Roy Anderson Field in Gig Harbor.
Neither team will forget the waning minutes of the second half when three goals were recorded. With about two minutes left on the clock, Gig Harbor’s Jaylynn Barton scored a goal to tie the score at 2 and teammate Alyssa Gray found the back of the net, as the Tides took a 3-2 lead in stoppage time. Edmonds-Woodway Kyra Hicks then scored her second goal of the day to knot the score at 3 with about 30 seconds left.
Both teams had scoring opportunities but weren’t able to produce any goals in the two overtime periods.
The Tides eventually prevailed 5-4 in the shootout that ended the season for Edmonds-Woodway, which finished 17-4. Gig Harbor (21-0) came into Saturday’s game having outscored its opponents 97 to 6.
“It was a bit of a rollercoaster,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte said. “I think going in our goal was to leave everything on the field and leave no doubts. I think the girls accomplished that given the effort they put forth.
“They took a very good team to a spot they haven’t been to this season. I feel extremely proud of our effort.”
Junior Dara Stotland scored in the 13th minute to give Edmonds-Woodway a 1-0 lead. Gig Harbor’s Gray converted on a penalty kick in the 29th minute to tie the score at 1.
Junior Kyra Hicks then gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead with a goal in the 57th minute.
“It was a wild seven, eight minutes,” LeCompte said of the close of the second half.
The Edmonds-Woodway coach remembers sitting down with the players at the end of August and talking about goals for the upcoming season.
“They checked off seven of eight goals at the end,” LeCompte said. “That’s a pretty successful season to be able to do what you set out to do.”
The Warriors wanted to win the league title and advance to the state tournament.
“They did that with a lot of hard work and dedication,” LeCompte said. “Knowing that anything can happen in state, they wanted to advance and they figured out how to do that that. Their goal was to get back to the semifinals. That didn’t happen.
“We have no regrets. The players left everything on the field. I’m grateful for their efforts.”
The Warriors will see a significant turnover in its lineup with the loss of nine seniors -- Juliet Hufford, Kirsten Elliott, Sophia Pellegrini, Morgan Davis, Meghan Ashe, Michaela Danyo, Chiara Serafini, Gaby Chappell and Ingrid Fosberg.
“Across the board, a lot of people did good things,” LeCompte said. “It was not just one person.”
WARRIORS EDGE LIONS: Junior Sophia Martino-Crew scored the only goal to lead Edmonds-Woodway to a 1-0 victory over Lakeside in a first-round 3A state tournament game Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Seattle. It was Martino-Crew’s fourth goal in the last two contests. Senior Michaela Danyo crossed the ball from the right side.
“I was running to the center. All I saw was the ball coming straight at me,” Martino-Crew said. “I just wanted to get any part of my body on it. I hit it with my ear. It wasn’t quite a header. It was an ear.”
Junior Kyra Hicks recorded the shutout in her first start. Freshman starting goalkeeper Jessica Emerson was out due to a concussion.