After suffering their first loss of the season on April 1, the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors got back to their winning ways on Monday night with a 2-1 defeat of the Mountlake Terrace Hawks in a 3A Wesco League rivalry game played at Edmonds Stadium.
With the victory E-W (3-1-0 in the 3A Wesco League, 7-1-0 overall) held on to a share of second place in the league standings; the Hawks dropped to 2-2-0 in league play, 2-3-3 overall.
The Warriors were without three regulars in their starting lineup – Jeremy Langsted, Jake Stevenson and Cameron Cohn – Monday, but an uncomplicated game plan and a second-half adjustment in formation proved key in the team’s victory.
“We knocked the ball around and kept it simple,” said E-W Coach Tony Gilman. “When we do that we are pretty good. If we don’t do that, then we are pedestrian.”
The Warriors got onto the scoreboard in the 11th minute when senior forward Ahmed Ahmed slipped a shot underneath Terrace goalkeeper Genaro Ruiz for the opening goal.
The Hawks had a golden opportunity to answer quickly, but junior Gavin Scott missed a penalty kick wide right in the 14th minute.
Gilman admitted that giving up the penalty shot rattled his squad’s confidence. “Even though we were controlling the ball and scored the goal, then all of a sudden with the PK we kind of fell apart,” he noted.
After Gilman moved senior midfielder Ethan Hopkins to the backline to shore up the defense, the team was able to settle down, make sharper passes and attack with more consistency.
The Warriors picked up their second goal when, after a series of quick passes, senior Jose Aleman Cruz drove a low shot into the netting 18 minutes into the second half.
“This was a good step forward for us tonight because they’re tough competition,” Gilman said of the win over the Hawks.
Mountlake Terrace had plenty of opportunities at goal throughout the match-up, but couldn’t break through until the 75th minute when junior Nate Cockbain slammed in a shot off an assist from Gavin Scott.
Terrace Coach George Dremousis was pleased with his team’s effort, especially on the defensive side. “We have one of the best defenses in the league,” he said. “We practice, we train, we go through it, but in the games we’re just a little bit off on offense.”
Dremousis felt the missed penalty kick may have been a big turning point in the match-up on Monday. “That was a big, big play,” he said. “Those little things in games are the difference between wins and losses. Gavin’s a good player and he’ll have other chances. It just happens.”
Terrace will look to turn things around on Wednesday, April 6, when they travel to Marysville-Pilchuck; the Warriors will return to Edmonds Stadium on Wednesday, April 6, when they face Marysville-Getchell.
Prep Boys Soccer: Edmonds-Woodway at Mountlake Terrace, Apr. 4
Edmonds-Woodway 1 1 — 2
Mountlake Terrace 0 1 — 1
Goal scorers: Ahmed Ahmed (Edmonds-Woodway) in the 11th minute
Jose Aleman-Cruz (Edmonds-Woodway) in the 58th minute
Nate Cockbain (Mountlake Terrace) in the 75th minute
Yellow cards: Gavin Scott (Mountlake Terrace)
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 3-1-0 in 3A Wesco League, 7-1 overall; Mountlake Terrace 2-2-0 in 3A Wesco League, 2-3-3 overall
Edmonds-Woodway next match: versus Marysville-Getchell, Wednesday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium
Mountlake Terrace next match: versus Marysville-Pilchuck, Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m. at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville
Prep Softball: Mountlake Terrace at Shorewood, Apr. 4
Mountlake Terrace 10 – Shorewood 6
Winning pitcher: Kira Doan (Mountlake Terrace)
Losing pitcher: Kendall Adams (Shorewood)
Records: Mountlake Terrace 4-2 in Wesco League South Conference, 6-2 overall; 0-6 in Wesco League South Conference, 0-7 overall
Mountlake Terrace next game: versus Stanwood, Wednesday, April 13, 4 p.m. at Stanwood High School
— Story and photos by Doug Petrowski