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Edmonds-Woodway denied by Chargers | Soccer

Warriors looking for third straight state appearance

 

November 7, 2019

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Edmonds-Woodway's Marley Davis waits for the ball to bounce on the artificial turf during a District 1 tournament game against Marysville-Getchell Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Edmonds Stadium.

Edmonds-Woodway is going to have to take the long route to get back to the 3A state girls soccer tournament this season.

The Warriors, who have advanced to the state quarterfinals the last two years, couldn't get past Marysville-Getchell in a winner-to-state District 1 tournament game.

The Chargers took advantage of a shift in strategy to score two second-half goals to beat Edmonds-Woodway 3-0 in a semifinal contest Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Edmonds Stadium.

Edmonds-Woodway (14-3-1 overall) faces Shorecrest (11-6-1) in a loser-out game at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, at Shoreline Stadium. The Warriors edged the Scots 1-0 in a mid-October contest.

The winner of Thursday's game takes on either Snohomish or Shorewood in a winner-to-state/loser-out game at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at Shoreline Stadium. Marysville-Getchell (13-4-1) faces Ferndale (12-5-1) in the district championship game at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov., 9, at Shoreline Stadium. The Golden Eagles, the No. 5 seed, upset No. 1 seed Snohomish 1-0 in the other semifinal game.

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Edmonds-Woodway's Paige Olson keeps the ball away from Marysville-Getchell's Kirsten Crane during the Warriors' 3-0 loss.

With the Warriors trailing 1-0 in the second half, Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte decided to pull a defender off the back line and add a midfielder to try and score the tying goal.

The decision backfired when Marysville-Getchell scored to extend its lead to 2-0. The Chargers followed up with a third goal.

"They've got good speed up top and that's just what happens sometimes," LeCompte said. "We were just trying to gain some more momentum."

Edmonds-Woodway fought its way through the loser's bracket last year and won the district title two years ago.

"I made a decision and it cost us two goals," LeCompte said. "So I don't think they (players) should be hanging their hats too much."

LeCompte wants the Warriors to refocus.

"Our goal has still not changed and we can go forward," LeCompte said.

 

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