EDMONDS — The Lynnwood boys soccer team’s milestone-laden season came to a rough end.
Making their first state appearance in 31 years, the Royals suffered a 3-0 loss to Roosevelt in a Class 3A state first-round match Wednesday night at Edmonds Stadium.
In the moments after his team’s season-ending defeat, Lynnwood coach Pablo Mummey tried to provide his players with perspective on all they accomplished — including the program’s first-ever district championship and its first trip to state in more than three decades.
“There were a lot of sad faces, but I kept trying to remind them that we had a great season,” Mummey said. “And no matter what, they still can’t take that district championship away from us. But of course, it is a little bit sad to see it end the way it did.”
The Royals (12-7-0) entered the state tournament fresh off a historic district-title run and averaging 3.1 goals per match, led by the dynamic duo of senior forwards Ryley Johnson and Dane Evanger.
But Lynnwood struggled to create significant scoring chances against Roosevelt’s stingy defense, which has allowed only 18 goals in 22 matches this season. Wednesday’s shutout marked the 20th time this spring that the Roughriders (17-2-3) have held an opponent to one goal or less.
“My respects to the Roosevelt squad,” Mummey said. “They’re a very good team. … They were definitely a little bit more physical than we were, without a doubt. … They knew how to pressure (and) they knew how to do good on their opportunities.”
The regular-season Metro League champion Roughriders scored their first goal in the 18th minute, following a crazy scramble amidst a slew of bodies in front of the net.
Lynnwood goalkeeper Tyler Stull and multiple defenders twice attempted to clear the ball just before it reached the goal line, but the Royals were called for a handball in the box during the frenzy.
Roosevelt’s Brandon Jong then slotted the ensuing penalty kick into the lower-left portion of the net to give the Roughriders a 1-0 lead.
Roosevelt extended the margin in the 49th minute off a corner kick that was headed by a teammate to Riley Long, who blasted it home from point-blank range to make it 2-0.
Ari Levin delivered the dagger four minutes later, scoring off a rebound of his own miss to give the Roughriders a commanding 3-0 lead that all but squashed Lynnwood’s hopes of earning the program’s first-ever state-tournament win.
“We had a bad game, a bad situation for us,” Mummey said. “But that’s just kind of how soccer is. Every once in a while you’re going to get a bad game, and it just happened to go that way for us today.”
After only seven wins combined in 2014 and 2015, the Royals tied for second place in Wesco 3A each of the last two seasons.
Last Tuesday, Lynnwood earned a 2-1 district-semifinal win over Squalicum to secure the program’s first trip to state since 1986. Then on Saturday, the Royals routed perennial powerhouse Snohomish 4-1 for their first-ever district crown.
“It was fun to watch,” Mummey said of his team’s run. “We had a good season. I have no complaints. It was great. Of course, we all wish we could’ve gone further, but here we are. We know that it takes a lot of guts to get out there and fight it out.”