The Edmonds-Woodway soccer team never thought they were supposed to win a championship. With early season losses, the team thought they were simply a game on the way to another team’s state title. But the Warriors proved themselves in a 2-1 win over Southridge today that brought them the school’s first ever athletic state championship.
“Through the season we’re kind of the speed bump on the way to somebody else’s title,” said Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte. “We just reiterated that we’re not anybody’s speed bump, and now we’re here. That’s pretty cool.”
The Warriors (17-3-1) gave up wins in September to Bellevue, which they beat in quarterfinals yesterday, Shorecrest, which is playing for the 2A state title, and Arlington.
“Something we’ve done all season is just battled, and today we proved who we are, and I’m so excited for us,” said forward Rylee Peterson, a Nevada commit.
Edmonds-Woodway took control of the ball for the first half, scoring both of its two goals in the first 16 minutes. Defender Hailey Hull scored in the second minute from eight yards out off a free kick from defender Ashleigh Fonsen.
Forward Madison Schultz followed up with a goal in the 16th minute from 25 yards out to the far back corner of the net.
“It’s Madison at her finest honestly,” LeCompte said. “She’s just got an ability to slip in, find a hole, and take it and go. She slotted one of the nicest balls I’ve seen in a long time to that far post.”
Schultz, a North Carolina commit, has also been invited to camps with the U-17 national team and competed with the national team in Jamaica last year. She had half of the team’s ten shots on goal in the game.
In the second half, Southridge (19-5) scored early, in the 42nd minute. Southridge midfielder Haley Thomas took a corner kick, and forward Mercedes Haberling knocked it in off an Edmonds-Woodway defender.
The Suns carried that momentum through the rest of the half, with four of its five shots coming from the second half. LeCompte said Edmonds-Woodway stayed in it partially because of the Warriors strong defense.
“We’ve just constantly reiterated…step up to those balls, and things are going to happen,” LeCompte said. “You saw that today. They just step up and take it, and I’m sure they’ve got ball marks. Lots of them, bruises and whatnot, to keep it from going on frame.”
For Schultz, pulling through in the second half and winning the championship was “unreal,” because she got to play for her best friends and family.
“The opportunity to get to represent your school and win is a huge deal for me,” Schultz said.