Meadowdale beats Shorecrest 2-1 in district title game

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Meadowdale’s Alyssa Navlet (left) keeps the ball away from Shorecrest’s Kate Hildahl during the 3A District 1 championship game Saturday at Shoreline Stadium. (Photos by Karl Swenson)

By Quint Turner/For Lynnwood Today

After splitting the first two games with Shorecrest during the regular season, Meadowdale won the the third match 2-1 and claimed the 3A District 1 championship Saturday at Shoreline Stadium.

Meadowdale jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half when Kendall Raecker scored in the 10th minute and then Emily Crichlow struck in the 23rd, and it looked like the Mavs were going to walk away with the title. However, the Scots came back in the second half and cut the lead to 2-1 when Savannah Tidwell knocked in a low cross from Maria Zahajko.

Then the Scots almost tied the game up in the 69th minute when Maggie Thorsen sent a cross into the box that Alexa Iacolucci headed just wide of the goal. The Scots didn’t get another chance on goal, and the Mavs held on for the victory.

Shorecrest got the first chance of the match in the 9th minute. Lackadaisical passing in the defensive end allowed Sophia Viviano to steal the ball and dribbled it into the goal box. The ball was knocked away from her but straight to Rachael Moulton, and she hit a shot that went wide. The Lady Mavs went on the kicker after the goal kick and ended up earning a corner kick. Alyssa Navlet sent a slow paced cross that both Crichlow and Hannah Taylor dummied, allowing the ball to get to Raecker at the top of the goal box. Raecker hit a one-timer that sailed past goalkeeper Frida Swensen and gave the Mavs a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. The defense was completely caught off guard. They marked both Crichlow and Taylor, but no one had Raecker as their assignment and that’s why she had such a clear shot.

Then in the 23rd minute, Meadowdale struck again. After earning a throw-in near the goal box, Taylor Monroe-Jones took the throw and found Crichlow inside the box. Crichlow made one spin move, got around the defense and found herself alone in the box. She used her opportunity to send a hard shot to the far post that went straight in, and the Lady Mavs took a 2-0 lead.

Shorecrest tried to come back with a goal of their own in the 29th minute. A loose ball in the Maverick box was picked up by MacKenzie Parry, but she didn’t get too much on her shot and Ashley Routh made the save. Then, a minute later, Kate Hildahl got some room and tried a shot from 40 yards out that went straight to Routh. That was the last chance of the half for either side, and the Mavs took a 2-0 lead going into the half.

The start of the second half was a battle for possession more than anything else. Shorecrest was winning most of the races to the ball but they couldn’t turn it into any chances until the 55th minute. Zahajko received a pass down the sideline and took it to the endline. Just before the ball went out of bounds, Zahajko hit a strong, low cross into the box. Tidwell was making run at the same time and managed to get her outstretched leg on the ball and knocked it past Routh to cut the lead to 2-1 Meadowdale.

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Meadowdale’s Emily Crichlow (left) battles Shorecrest’s Alex Murphy.

The next minute, Meadowdale tried to restore their two goal lead. Crichlow got a lead pass and dribbled around the Shorecrest box. She didn’t have anyone to pass to, so she just dribbled on the edge of the box before hitting a hard shot that Swensen saved. Then two minutes later, Crichlow stole the ball from a defender and got off another long shot, but Swensen made the save yet again. In the 64th minute, Crichlow had another chance when she got a throw-in from Navlet. Crichlow put another spin move on her defender and got into the box. She then struck a left-footed shot that flew over Swensen’s head and the crossbar prevented the shot from giving the Mavs a two goal lead.

Shorecrest came back with pressure in the 66th minute. Alex Murphy collected a loose ball near the sidelines. Instead of attempting a cross, she tried a lob shot that floated into the box and almost into the goal, but Routh jumped up and made the save. The last great chance that Shorecrest had came in the 69th minute. Thorsen attempted a cross into the box that Iacolucci managed to get a head on from 10 yards out, but she pushed it wide of the net. Over the final 10 minutes, the Scots put on a lot of pressure, but the Meadowdale backline managed to prevent Shorecrest from getting any more shots on net and the Mavericks held on for the win.

Meadowdale’s win gives them the 3A District title for the second straight year. They earn the No.1 seed from Division 1 for the state tournament, and will have home-field advantage for the first two games of the tournament. They play the No. 4 seed from Division 2 at a time and date to be announced. With the loss, the Scots will get the No. 2 seed from Division 1 and will play at Auburn Mountainview in the first round at a time and date to determined.

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Meadowdale’s Carolyn Crosby (13) tries to control the ball while being defended by Shorecrest’s Alex Murphy.

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