The Lynnwood Royals girls soccer team rode the foot of Cassidy O’Dell and some solid defense on a rain soaked night at Lynnwood High School on Tuesday, to defeat the visiting Meadowdale Mavericks 4-1 in the Wesco 2A/3A league match.
Royals Senior Forward O’Dell recorded the hat trick, scoring two goals in the first half, and one late in the second for a total of three, while Junior Madison Hinkel added another to give Lynnwood their fourth win against just one loss on the season.
Meadowdale’s lone goal came in the 74th minute when forward Mariah Davis snuck one past a diving Isabella Shields in goal for Lynnwood.
Rain came down hard for most of the game.
“The score didn’t really reflect how close this game really was,” Lynnwood head coach Mark Mcalexander said. “Typically, when we play Meadowdale, it’s always pretty close. I think spiritually this was a pretty close game, but when it’s raining like this, crazy stuff can happen.”
In their four wins so far this season, the Royals have allowed no more than one goal against them. “We played really safe, we just cleared it up a lot, one-touched a lot. We weren’t trying to be fancy. We weren’t trying to be heroes. In games like this, just clear it up and be smart,” Mcalexander said.
In the 56th minute of play, Lynnwood’s Edna Yemane attempted a shoulder-to-shoulder tackle on the Mavericks’ Mariah Davis. Davis went down and a yellow card was issued against Yemane.
On the ensuing free kick, Davis unleashed a ball that looked like it had a chance to score, but sophomore goalkeeper Isabella Shields made a tremendous leaping play to punch the ball up and over goal, out of play.
“Big save,” Mcalexander said of the play. “Honestly, I think if this isn’t raining, their free kicks might have gotten them two or three goals. I mean, some really nice free kicks from them, but she’s amazing. You can’t coach height. You can’t necessarily coach dedication. Those are things that come with a player or not, and she has both. She trains a lot in her spare time. She honestly, brings more to the table for me, than I bring to the table for her.”
He added some words of praise for his senior forward, O’Dell after her three goal evening.
“You know, this is nothing new,” he said. “I think some teams might be surprised by her. In her freshman year, she broke a bone. In her sophomore year she broke a bone I think five games in, and last year, she broke a bone the first game of the season. This is the first year that she’s been healthy and really this should have been happening her whole career, she’s just been really unlucky.”
Prep Girls Soccer: Lynnwood at Mountlake Terrace, Sept. 12
Meadowdale 0 1 — 1
Lynnwood 2 2 — 4
34th minute — Cassidy O’Dell (Lynnwood)
38th minute — Cassidy O’Dell (Lynnwood)
74th minute — Mariah Davis (Meadowdale)
75th minute — Madison Hinkel (Lynnwood)
78th minute — Cassidy O’Dell (Lynnwood)
Records: Lynnwood 2-1-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 4-1-0 overall; Meadowdale 0-2-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 1-2-2 overall
Lynnwood next match: versus Oak Harbor, Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. at Lynnwood High School
Meadowdale next match: versus Shorewood, Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium
–Story and photos by Scott Williams