Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tritons Split First Two Games of 2014

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The Edmonds CC men's basketball team split its first two games of the 2014-15 season this past weekend, defeating South Puget Sound 85-73 in Olympia on Friday before dropping a 51-50 heartbreaker in Seaview Gym to Blue Mountain CC on Saturday. 

Against SPSCC the Tritons shot just 37.5 percent (28-78) but managed to take 16 more shots than the Clippers did. The team was led by 19 points from Devin Stoen. Charlie Smith chipped in with 15 points with Blake Fernandez and Zach Pederson contributing 11 and 10 points, respectively. 

Fernandez pulled down eight rebounds and had a team-best four assists. 

Leading SPSCC was Elijah Sanders with 25 points and eight boards. The Clippers shot 41.8 percent and pulled down 45 rebounds.

Edmonds had a mere two-point lead heading into halftime (37-35) but pulled away from SPSCC in the second by going on a 12-0 run to start the stanza. EdCC would eventually win by 12.

The Tritons had another sub par shooting night against the Timberwolves on Saturday, making just 19-66 (28.8%) of their attempts. Edmonds was good on just 3-15 three-pointers as well. 

The game was a back-and forth wit each side struggling to make a shot. The teams were squared up a 23-23 at intermission but the Tritons went ahead by seven points in the second. Blue Mountain fought back and led by one point with 14 seconds left. 

Charlie Smith made a layup with seven seconds to go to put EdCC up by one, but the Timberwolves would silence Seaview when Jarrell Bell dished off a pass to Max Mueller who laid in the ball with 0.7 seconds to go. That would be the game-winner.

Smith scored 13 points for Edmonds with Sam Omondi pulling down 11 boards. Muller led BMCC with 19 points.

The Tritons travel to Green River CC on Tuesday, November 25, for a non-conference tilt that starts at 7 p.m.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Men's Soccer Falls in OT in NWAC Semis

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TUKWILA -- The Edmonds CC men's soccer team lost to North Idaho 1-0 in a NWAC semifinal playoff game Saturday afternoon in front of a great crowd at Starfire Sports Complex. Scoring the game-winning goal in the 99th minute for NIC was Brady Ulen.

Edmonds, champs of the NWAC North, ends the 2014 campaign with a 8-8-4 overall record and went 1-1 in the postseason, good for third place in the NWAC tourament. East champs North Idaho improved to 17-1-2 and advanced to the NWAC finals set for Sunday evening. 

Saturday's contest was mostly a defensive one, though the Cardinals were the ones who pressed the most and had the most chances. EdCC keeper Arturo Oberto kept NIC off the board for 98 minutes, however, by making a few terrific saves. 

After 90 scoreless minutes of play the contest went into sudden-death overtime. It would be much of the same with NIC playing on the Triton's end of the field. With a minute in the first overtime, Ulen got a good look and snuck a shot past Oberto.

Goal keeper Mitchell Markovetz recorded the shutout for North Idaho.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

EdCC Volleyball Closes Out the Year

EdCC Sophs Carly Reece, Carly Sims and Riley Stewart
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LYNNWOOD -- The EdCC volleyball team ended a frustrating season with 3-0 loss to NWAC No. 1-ranked Olympic College Tuesday night in Golden Gym (25-14, 25-9, 25-14). The setback completes a 2-17 overall campaign from the Tritons. Edmonds finished with a 1-11 mark in league.

Ending their EdCC careers were sophomores Carly Reece, Carly Sims and Riley Stewart. Sims led the Tritons with 7 kills, Reece had 10 digs both Gabi Mahler and Mariah Martin each with 6 digs. Martin and Delaney Watson both contributed 7 assists.

Olympic hit a robust .356 Tuesday and led EdCC in every statistical category. Danielle Chu led the Rangers with 9 kills, with Ashlee Trane dishing out 23 assists.

The Rangers, won the North with a 12-0 mark and head into the NWAC tournament with a 27-6 overall record.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Men's Soccer Reaches the NWAC Final Four

Cristhian Robles scored the game-winner
Saturday against TCC
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LYNNWOOD -- The EdCC men's soccer team punched its ticket to the NWAC Final Four by defeating Tacoma CC 2-0 Saturday afternoon in a quarterfinal match at Triton Field. The Tritons, the No. 1 seed in the North, improved to 8-7-4 on the season while TCC, the # 3 seed in the West, ends the year with a 10-9-2 mark.

Edmonds will face North Idaho in Saturday's 3:30 p.m. semifinal held at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The 6 p.m. semifinal pits Highline against Skagit Valley. The winner of those two contests will face each other 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday's home tilt against Tacoma CC was scoreless -- thanks to a couple of outstanding saves from EdCC keeper Aurturo Oberto -- until Cristhian Robles found the Titan net in the 33rd minute off of a pass from Kevin Carroll. The freshman's shot was a beauty taken from about 15 yards out and over the TCC keeper.

Then in first-half stoppage time, Triton forward Miguel Medina blasted a foul kick from the right side of the field past Titan keeper Ian Fry to put EdCC up 2-0.

That would be the final goal of the game and more than enough for the Triton defense. Oberto recorded the shutout by making 9 saves.

The other quarterfinal scores had Highline defeating Whatcom 4-2; Skagit Valley topping Clark 2-1 and North Idaho defeating Peninsula 2-0. North Idaho, EdCC's opponent on Saturday, beat the Tritons 3-0 earlier in the season.

Edmonds Volleyball Drops Heartbreaker to Bellevue

LYNNWOOD – The Edmonds volleyball team fell in five sets to visiting Bellevue Friday night in Seaview Gym (26-24, 25-12, 20-25, 21-25, 15-8). The Tritons will finish out the regular season on Tuesday when they host Olympic College at 7 p.m. EdCC sophomores will be recognized prior to the contest.

Friday’s loss was a tough one for the Tritons because they had a great chance to win the opening set and possibly the match. The first eventually went to the Bulldogs in extra points 26-24.

Bellevue cruised through the second set and it seemed at that point that BC would finish off EdCC in three. But the Tritons rallied and claimed the next two sets to push the match to a deciding fifth set. The Bulldogs would take the fifth, though 15-8, and the match.

EdCC outside hitter Carly Sims led all players with 18 kills and also had 7 digs. She was the only Triton to record double-figure winners, though three others: Gabi Mahler, Riley Stewart and Amelia McArthur had five kills. Mahler also had 10 digs and three aces.

Delaney Watson registered 14 assists, four aces and five digs with Mariah Martin dishing out 20 assists.

The Tritons had 8.5 team blocks, led by 6 total blocks from Megan Tran. EdCC hit .135 as a team to BC’s 142. The Bulldogs accumulated more kills (52-41), assists (50-41) and digs (60-54) than did Edmonds.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tritons Fall in Three at Everett CC

Carly Sims led EdCC with 11 kills

EVERETT – Edmonds CC fell in three tough sets (27-25, 25-20, 25-22) at Everett CC Wednesday night despite double-digit kills from both Carly Sims and Gabi Mahler. The loss drops EdCC to 2-25 overall, 1-9 in NWAC North action. Everett improved to 21-13, 6-4.

The match, though decided in three, was a tough one, with Edmonds pushing Everett the entire time. The first set went into extra points before the Trojans wrapped up the 2-point win. EvCC went on to take sets two and three.

Sims led the Tritons with 11 kills on 22 attempts and also registered 7 digs. Mahler contributed 10 winners and 3 digs. Mariah Martin and Delaney Watson split the setting duties, with 15 and 13 assists respectively.  Carly Reese led Edmonds with 9 digs and also had 4 assists.

Leading all players with 15 kills was Everett’s Natalia Sulantay.

The Tritons will return home Friday to host Bellevue after playing 12 games away from Seaview Gym. Friday’s contest starts at 7 pm as does the regular season finale on November 11 against Olympic College. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tritons Fall in Epic Playoff Match

EdCC ready for introductions Wednesday
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ONTARIO, OR -- It's hard to imagine a NWAC first round match that was as hard-fought and as drama-filled as Wednesday's EdCC at Treasure Valley tilt. Edmonds represented the North as the #3 seed, while Treasure Valley CC Chukars came into the game as the #2 seed from the East. 

The two squads battled for more than 110 minutes -- but that still wasn't enough as the 2-2 stalemate was finally decided in TVCC's favor on penalty kicks, 3-1.

Edmonds finished the 2014 campaign under first-year head coach Brittney Beitel with an impressive 12-5-3 overall record. The Tritons, with just 14 on the roster, were short-handed all season but never used that as an excuse. 

Making matters worse on Wednesday, though, was the fact that starting defender Hannah Longsine was nursing an injury received at Skagit Valley last Saturday and was unable to play, forcing Coach Beitel had to juggle the Triton lineup. 

Treasure Valley started the game by attacking EdCC's defense. However, despite pressing for much of the first half, the Chukars were unable to finish, thanks to a couple of crossbar hits and a handful of saves from Triton goalkeeper Alecia Longsine. 

Brooke Thomas broke through for Treasure Valley in the 29th minute when she managed to shake the EdCC defense and take an unopposed shot from the far right corner, the ball spinning in past the post and into the net. 

Edmonds, listless for much of the opening stanza, would even the score in the 37th minute. A Chukar foul committed in the box on a corner kick, led to a PK and Lauren Rodger delivered for EdCC. 

Lexie Gray, a late addition to the Triton club this summer, scored her team-high ninth goal of the year a minute later to put Edmonds up 2-1. Gray's shot was a beauty, lobbed over Chukar keeper Tessa Pitzer from the 15-yard mark

Unfortunately, as EdCC was holding onto its slim lead, midfielder Olivia Olason had to leave the pitch due to injury. 

The Chukars would even the score in the 83rd minute when Madison Johnson lobbed in a terrific shot from 25-plus yards out, and from the left side of the box. Her ball went in just under the crossbar.

Banged up, tired and with people playing out of position, it seemed that Edmonds wouldn't be able to turn away a deep TVCC squad. The Tritons showed their mettle, however, and would hold off Treasure Valley for another 27 minutes, including two sudden-death overtimes. 

The match then went into penalty kicks. EdCC backup keeper Peyton Pruett made two outstanding saves but Pitzer also turned back two shots and TVCC would prevail 3-1. The game officially goes down as a 2-2 tie with TVCC advancing on PKs.

Alecia Longsine would make seven saves for Edmonds, Pruett had two saves.   

Treasure Valley (15-3-4) will head over to West No. 1 Peninsula College on Saturday to take on the Pirates in a quarterfinal tilt.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Triton Women Finish Regular Season Victorious

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MOUNT VERNON -- Two goals by Riquelle Weaver and a stingy defense lifted the EdCC women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Skagit Valley Saturday night at Mount Vernon High School. 

Edmonds (12-5-2, 10-5-2 league) finish third in the North standings and will travel to East #2-seed Treasure Valley (15-3-3, 12-3-3 league). That NWAC first round tilt will be at 1 pm on Wednesday, November 5. The winner of that contest travels to West #1 seed Peninsula for a quarterfinal match on Saturday, November 8. 

Saturday's contest with SVC was moved to Mount Vernon HS due to unplayable field conditions at Cardinal Field. The Tritons, who play on turf, scored both of their goals in the second half. Weaver knocked on in one minute after the second half started and then headed in a corner from Olivia Olason in the 75th minute.

The EdCC defense kept the Cardinals off the board for its 12th shut out and fourth in a row. The Tritons have allowed just 18 goals all season. Keepers Alecia Longsine and Payton Pruett each played 45 minutes in goal.

EdCC Men's Soccer Ties, But Wins North Title

MOUNT VERNON – The EdCC Tritons tied with Skagit Valley 0-0 Saturday night at Mount Vernon HS. But the tie was essentially a victory for Edmonds which finished the regular season one point ahead of the Cardinals (24-23) to claim the 2014 NWAC North title.

The North regular season championship is the third in four years for the EdCC men’s soccer program (2011, 12, 14) and head coach Brandon Mitalas. The Tritons will now host one of three teams in a NWAC Quarterfinal Match at 2 pm on Saturday, November 8: Tacoma, Bellevue or Chemeketa. The quarterfinal winner advances to the NWAC “Final Four” November 15 and 16 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

The Tritons head into the NWAC postseason with a 7-7-4 overall mark and a 7-3-3 league record. Skagit Valley (9-5-2, 7-4-2) is the North No. 2 seed and will host Wenatchee Valley in a first round tilt on Wednesday, November 5.

Saturday’s match was moved from Skagit Valley College to Mount Vernon High School’s turf field because recent rain had made Cardinal Field unplayable. That might have helped the Tritons who play on a turf field. What also helped EdCC was five saves from keeper Arturo Oberto, including an amazing one in the 88th minute on a free kick on a ball that looked like a sure goal.

The Tritons actually pressed early and had a few good chances in the first half. The Cardinals, knowing a win was the only way to claim a second consecutive North title, went after it in the second and seemed to be on the verge of a score for much of the half. But the Tritons would hold off SVC to grab the tie and the crown.