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Chargers get season's first win on the pitch

 

Sarah Lane

Marysville Getchell's Hayli Huhta, left, competes for the ball during the Chargers' Sept. 19 home game win against Newport High School.

Marysville Getchell's girls soccer scored a 3-1 home win against Newport High School on Saturday, Sept. 19.

After a slow start to the game, the Chargers took possession and their offense made numerous and successful attempts at goal. "I thought it was a good start to us being able to score in the games," said head coach Wayne Nash. He added, "we've struggled for offense last year, and a little bit so far this year, and we finally found the back of the net a couple times. I had a feeling that once we scored one, we would score several. Hopefully it got some confidence."

Newport started the first half off strong, scoring the first goal of the game and holding possession early against Marysville Getchell. Halfway through the first half, the play became more even, with Getchell having a few shots on goal and holding the ball near Newport's goal. However, Newport's defense was able to hold off the Chargers, and led 1-0 into halftime.

Marysville Getchell stepped up their game up in the second half, making numerous explosive plays and scoring three goals. Their first goal came seven minutes in, after a free kick from outside of the goal box. The shot went high and out of reach of the Newport goalie. Possession remained equal between Newport and Marysville Getchell, and both defenses worked hard to keep the score even. Twenty-two minutes in, junior midfielder Lindsey Weikel scored the Chargers' second goal, lofting the ball above the goalie's head. The final goal of the game came with 10 minutes left of play. Sophomore Kyra Loe made a run down the left side past numerous Newport players, and nearly lost control of the ball multiple times. She fought to save the ball and crossed the ball where Sasha Bean was waiting in the goal box to put the ball in the net. The cross assist was not Loe's only major play of the game - she made multiple runs down the sideline, and was an aggressive playmaker on the field Saturday night. The entirety of Marysville Getchell's offense also performed well, and outran Newport for much of the second half. They were quick to the ball, and beat the defense on numerous occasions, allowing them to take the win.

Despite how well they played, Saturday night was Marysville Getchell's first and well-deserved win of the season.

The team is coming off a previous year of injuries, and Coach Nash said, "we would get two or three girls injured at the end of each game, and get like one back. It was a struggle last year to have any kind of consistency." Their win put their season record at 1-3. Nash's expectations as they continue their season are to "defend and keep people out of the net, but also to provide scoring opportunities."

 

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