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M-P struggles offensively on the pitch


Andrew Kneeland

Pilchuck's Sebastian Navarro navigates through defenders last week against Shorecrest

Offense has been tough to come by for the Marysville-Pilchuck boys soccer team. And without offense the Tomahawks have struggled to win games during these first few league contests of the season.

Marysville opened its season with a win, a loss, and two ties, but have since dropped three games to league rivals while scoring just one goal last week.

Games that counted toward conference standings began for the Tomahawks last weekend, with a road contest against Shorewood. Head coach Paul Bartley's squad was held scoreless for the full 80 minutes, and lost though they allowed just one goal.

It was much of the same early last week against Shorecrest, though this time the offensive struggles were at Quil Ceda Stadium. The Tommies gave up three goals to their opponents, and managed to score just one.

But while Pilchuck's offense was limited against Shorecrest, it didn't show lack of potential. The Tomahawks' offense spent much of the first half maintaining a solid advantage in the time of possession. They consistently hovered around Shorecrest's goal, and managed to loose several legitimate shots on goal.

The Tomahawk defense was also impressive; though they allowed three goals they contested and won the majority of free kicks.

Andrew Kneeland

Pilchuck's Cristian Correa-Avila fires a pass through traffic last week against Shorecrest.

Yobani Munguia got a strong shot on goal off near the end of the first half for the Tomahawks. Both of Marysville's other two near-misses in the game were just high of the crossbar.

Marysville trailed by one at the break, but Shorecrest added two quick goals in the first few minutes of the second half to seal the win. Munguia put himself in great position following a missed header from a teammate, and found the net for the Tommies with 10:00 left on the clock to cancel the shutout.

The Tomahawks were back on the road last weekend against Meadowdale, and fell by a final score of 0-2.

Heading into this week of action, Marysville sports an overall record of 1-4-2, with three league losses to their name. The Tomahawks hosted Glacier Peak on April 6, and will visit Mountlake Terrace on April 8.


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