In this final edition of “The Full 80,” a look at 3A Edmonds-Woodway bringing home the school’s first state title since Edmonds and Woodway high schools merged in 1990.
Unranked Warriors bring home first state crown for E-W
Coach Bill LeCompte didn’t want to give credit until it was due. Keep proving it on the field was the motto.
Not many others had given them respect, either.
It felt like no one else believed in the Edmonds-Woodway High School girls soccer team, but LeCompte had faith in his group of steely competitors.
Seems like the only ones to believe were coach and players. The unranked Warriors used the underdog role as motivation and it paid off in a state title on Saturday.
“It seems like we were a speed bump on the way to someone else’s title,” LeCompte said.
So when the Warriors broke the postgame huddle after gutting out a 2-1 decision over Southridge of Kennewick in the Class 3A state championship on Saturday at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium, LeCompte gave his team their due.
“This is what it feels like to arrive,” he told his players, and they responded screams and yells of joy. “We like most people, look at polls, for some sort of validation throughout the year. To see that we were unranked, knowing that our three losses were to good teams, that was hard.
“My girls took that as a somewhat jaded view, and I did, as well. We wanted to show people that we deserve to be considered in that same group [of top teams].”
The Warriors opened the season 3-3-0 with tough losses. They fell to Bellevue (the top-ranked team in Class 3A most of the season), Shorecrest (state runner-up in 2A) and Arlington (3A state quarterfinalist).
Once the Warriors (19-3-1) had finally done it, LeCompte and his players could finally celebrate. They had brought home the first state title in any sport since Edmonds and Woodway high schools merged in 1990.
“Being the first [state-title winner] is an enormous honor,” said LeCompte, who has coached for 20 years at E-W, including 16 as head coach of the girls soccer program. “We’ve had some teams come close. I am incredibly humbled to be part of the team to break that barrier.”
The Warriors girls soccer team believed they could do it, even if it felt like no one else did. Going unranked all season added some fuel to a strong finish.
“Players like Madison [Schultz] and Rylee [Peterson] and Ashleigh [Fonsen] they thrive on stuff like that,” LeCompte said. “They are able to go to the next level for a reason. They take [disrespect] and turn it into motivation.
“They’ve all been about trying to prove someone else wrong.”
Eight seniors went out a winner. Reimi Peters, Hailey Hull, Isabella Meagher, Rylee Peterson, Jaclyn Metz, Melissa Long, Sophie Zollman and Kiera Towell went out on top.
The school honored the team with an assembly on Monday morning.
Doty joins elite company
In addition to winning the second of two Class 1B/2B state titles in a row this weekend with her Crosspoint Academy of Bremerton team, Desere’e Doty joined elite company.
It was believed that Doty, a senior headed to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., broke a single-season state record with her 51st goal of the season in the Warriors 4-0 state semifinal win over Adna on Friday.
Seattle Christian’s Melissa Bennett is said to have owned the state record for a single season with 50 during her senior year in 1999-2000.
Doty added two more goals on Saturday in a 5-1 triumph over Liberty Bell of Winthrop in the 1B/2B championship at Sumner’s Sunset Chev Stadium. Those two tallies gave her 53 for her senior season and 153 in her career.
The 153 total for Doty is believed to be No. 2 all-time in state history behind Bennett, who finished her career with 166.
Bennett’s sister, Tami, finished her career with 151 goals and then younger sister, Melissa, bettered that mark. Tami Bennett married former Seattle Sounder Viet Nguyen and now coaches the Liberty High School girls soccer team.
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