Extra effort on their defense at this week’s practices paid off for the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors Saturday as E-W shutout the Mountlake Terrace Hawks 3-0 in a first round match of the 2016 District 1 3A Boys Soccer Tournament.
With the victory, Edmonds-Woodway moves into the semifinals of the tourney Tuesday, May 10, when they face the Lynnwood Royals at Edmonds Stadium. The winner of the Warriors-Royals match will clinch a spot in the WIAA State 3A Boys Soccer Tournament later this month.
Mountlake Terrace will play Tuesday, May 10, in a district tourney loser-out match at Ferndale.
Warrior goalkeepers Grygoriy Lozynskyy and Mackey Guenther combined for three saves to keep Terrace off the scoreboard on Saturday at Edmonds Stadium.
“Defensively we were solid,” said E-W Head Coach Tony Gilman. “The last two nights at practice we worked on defense because we weren’t happy with what we did against Lynnwood (on May 4) even though we won that game.”
Gilman emphasized the importance of earning the shutout against the Hawks. “That’s the big thing. That gives us, I think, nine for the season. That’s something we kind of take pride in,” he said.
On the offensive end, a pair of first-half goals by sophomore Armon Tenaw gave the Warriors an early advantage. In the ninth minute, Tenaw received a return pass from teammate Lucas Teklemariam and fired a shot past Terrace goalkeeper Genaro Ruiz for the 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later, Tenaw had a loose ball in the box fall to his feet; the sophomore calmly slipped a low shot into the goal for his second score.
Tenaw started the year playing midfield for the Warriors but was moved up to the front line after a team meeting discussed lineup changes. Gilman had asked his players for some suggestion on moving players around; making Tenaw a striker was one idea proposed.
“We thought we’d give it a try,” Gilman explained. “As long as our backline and our goalie are staying solid, then you can play with the stuff in front of it.”
E-W picked up their third score Saturday in the games’ 65th minute when senior Ethan Hopkins blasted a shot from close range into Terrace goal.
Though his team won the match by a three-goal margin, Gilman stressed it was not a blowout. “You’ve got to give them credit,” he said of the Hawks. “They hustled really hard and pressured and didn’t they didn’t make it easy for us.”
Mountlake Terrace Coach George Dremousis didn’t have as kind of words describing the effort of his squad. “I think that was the most lackluster performance I have seen out of our team all season,” he said. “For a playoff game, we just didn’t step up and play with any heart, any intensity, which disappointed me because we’re a better team than that and it just didn’t come through on the field.”
Although Terrace had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks in the match, it was E-W that had more ball possession and more shots on goal.
“We just gave up two really soft goals in the first half and just couldn’t answer,” Dremousis said. “We had opportunities in the first half to score – we were right there, we were right on the door – Edmonds-Woodway got it done and we didn’t. They were the better team tonight.”
The Hawks’ best chances to score came in the second half, but a Colin Cockbain header in the 54th minute went over the top of the goal and a volley by Bobby Stoyanov in the 76th minute missed wide.
“In the second half we had three easy finishes and we just didn’t finish them,” Dremousis stressed. “And it’s part of that wanting to score – having the heart, having the passion in the box. We just didn’t bring it tonight.”
Dropping a first round district playoff game and having to travel to face a loser-out game is nothing new for the Hawks, as last year’s squad followed the same path. The Hawks fell to Shorewood 4-1 to open the playoffs last season, but bounced back with a 2-1 victory at Marysville-Pilchuck three days later.
“We have a chance to do what we did last year – go on the road, win a playoff game on the road, and then get right back in it. And there’s no reason we can’t do that against Ferndale, but we’ve got to show up with a little more intensity and a little more passion and a little more heart,” Dremousis concluded.
For Edmonds-Woodway, injuries are what worry Gilman going into their semi-final match with Lynnwood on Tuesday. Both Jose Aleman-Cruz and Cameron Cohn went down with injuries Saturday and may be questionable for Tuesday’s game.
Gilman said that Cohn is critical to the Warriors’ defensive schemes. “Cameron – he’s a mainstay,” he said. “That will be really an adventure if we can’t have him back.”
To view the entire 2016 District 3A Boys Soccer Tournament bracket, click http://www.wescoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=1885&sport_id=9.
Prep Boys Soccer: Mountlake Terrace vs. Edmonds-Woodway, May 7
Mountlake Terrace 0 0 — 0
Edmonds-Woowday 2 1 — 3
Armon Tenaw (Edmonds-Woodway) in the 9th minute
Armon Tenaw (Edmonds-Woodway) in the 19th minute
Ethan Hopkins (Edmonds-Woodway) in the 65th minute
Records: Mountlake Terrace 5-8-4 overall; Edmonds-Woodway 13-2-2
Mountlake Terrace next match: versus Ferndale, Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. at Ferndale High School (loser-out match in District 1 3A Boys Soccer Tournament)
Edmonds-Woodway next match: versus Lynnwood, Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium (semi-final match of District 1 3A Boys Soccer Tournament)
— By Doug Petrowski