Even though Ferndale’s girls’ soccer team played as flawless a game as their coach has seen, they were unable to come away with a win in a 1-0 loss to Edmonds-Woodway in a Class 3A Northwest District Tournament game on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Arlington High School.
“We had two goals called back from offsides, which was pretty controversial,” Ferndale coach Joe Gonzalez said in a phone interview. “We out-played them, especially in the second half, they just got the goal in and that’s the way it goes. I’m very proud of the way we played today, it was almost to perfection, but now we have to go the hard way.”
The Warriors got the game’s lone goal from Maddie Schultz in the 65th minute off of a long punt from their goalkeeper.
“Carly Bannerman was marking a U-17 national player, Schultz. She’s one of the best in the country and Carly shut her down all game long, and I mean shut her down,” Gonzalez emphasized. “She stopped her and didn’t let her do a thing. There was exceptional effort all over the field.”
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Rachel Neher stopped five shots for Ferndale, repeatedly beating Edmonds-Woodway attackers in one-on-one situations, Gonzalez said.
“Shelby Slaughter was all over the field, she worked so hard,” Gonzalez said. “And Christina Salinas on the other side playing mid, they did sprints from 18 to 18 all night long and I never pulled one of them. It was awesome the effort they put in.”
Gonzalez was impressed with the play off all his midfielders, adding that Paige Devine and Jillian Monson had some good combinations.
Ferndale out-shot the Warriors 20-9.
“Jordin (Bartel) of course had a great game,” Gonzalez added. “She battled and had some chances on corners, but couldn’t quite get it, and not for lack of trying.”
Ferndale will take on Stanwood in the consolation second round at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at a location to be determined.
Edmonds-Woodway 1, Ferndale 0
Goal: Maddie Schultz (EW), time 65. Goalies (saves) — Ferndale: Rachel Neher (5); Edmonds-Woodway: n/a (11). Shots on goal — Ferndale 20, Edmonds-Woodway 9.