This is the first year that Edmonds-Woodway forwards Max Doolittle and Kooroush Mansourzadeh have played together, but you wouldn’t know it by watching them play.
Doolittle and Mansourzadeh each scored two goals in the second half of the Warriors’ come-from-behind 4-1 win over Shorewood March 30 at Lynnwood Turf Field. Both players scored goals that were assisted by the other.
“We’ve got this pretty good chemistry up top,” Mansourzadeh said. “The midfielders are getting us the ball. Everyone’s moving the ball and we’re able to finish.”
Doolittle collected a pass from Mansourzadeh and drilled in a shot from about 18 yards out in the 54th minute to tie the score 1-1.
“It was a pretty easy finish for me,” Doolittle said. “We’ve been working well all season getting a lot of goals.”
Mansourzadeh broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute when he headed in a free kick off the foot of junior defender Dustin Alexander.
“We’ve been working a lot on our free kicks, trying to capitalize on our dead balls,” Mansourzadeh said.
When Shorewood failed to clear the ball in its defensive third of the field, Dootlittle gathered the ball and scored in the 68th minute.
Shorewood seemed deflated after the score, and in the 78th minute Mansourzadeh headed in a corner kick from Doolittle for an insurance goal.
Two halves produced two different tales for Edmonds-Woodway.
“The first half was kind of messy,” Mansourzadeh said. “We got it together in the second half.”
Shorewood controlled the first half but after several near misses only led 1-0 at the half.
Senior striker Tony Aspinall followed up a missed penalty kick to score Shorewood’s goal in the 20th minute. Junior midfielder Ciaran Regan’s penalty kick hit the crossbar but Aspinall swooped in from the right side to boot in the loose ball.
Shorewood attacked the goal aggressively in the first half with five solid shots on goal. But in the second half, the T-birds looked tentative and the Warriors outshot them 6-3.
“As a team we seemed to let down,” junior midfielder Stefano Johnson said. “We need to keep doing what we did the first half. It’s a hard loss because we know we could’ve beat them.”
Edmonds-Woodway coach Tony Gilman said he liked the energy he saw from his bench.
“I think one of the things, more than in the past years, (is that) everybody on the bench is contributing,” Gilman said.
But the Warriors’ future success depends on playing well for two halves rather than just one, he said.
The Warriors don’t have one go-to-guy on the team that provides leadership, either. That means it’s up different players to fill that role at times.
“If they all start to take ownership…I’ll be a happy person,” Gilman said.
Edmonds-Woodway improved to 4-2-1 in the Western Conference South Division. Shorewood, which lost to Jackson 2-1 April 2, dropped to 2-4-1. Edmonds-Woodway occupies third-place behind 3A Shorecrest and Kamiak while Shorewood is in fifth behind 3A Meadowdale.