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Arlington girls soccer looks to repeat success

 

Andrew Hines

Talia Miears, left, and Denise Morgan, right, battle for possession during team scrimmage at Arlington High School on Aug. 30.

After a deep playoff run last season the Arlington girl's soccer team is hoping to duplicate that success and go beyond it. Last season the Eagles finished with an overall record of 17-6, 10-2 in districts, and placed fourth in the State Championship.

"It's hard to get back there because there is a target on our backs and everyone knows about us. The girls have been working hard in their off time and in their club teams. My goal, and everyone's goal, is to get back to where they were at. We have the talent to get back to the same spot. Of course, things have to kind of fall your way and there is a little bit of luck that goes into it. There are a lot of good teams in our area and you have to come out and fight every night," said Arlington Head Coach Nathan Davis.

The Eagles lost 10 senior players from last year but maintain their experience with nine senior starters this season. Of the nine seniors, there are four notable all-league returners including Courtney Arnold, Kali Knepper, Abby Anderson and leading scorer Mckenzie Buell, who scored 13 goals last season.

Andrew Hines

Kirstin Phillips, right, brings the ball up field as Mckenzie Buell, left, follows during team scrimmage at Arlington High School on Aug. 30.

"Being a team leader is a good position to be in. Without a leader it is hard to get going and it has been our job to do that. We've been starting off kind of slow lately, but we'll get it going and we will step up. We have a lot of seniors this year, but we still lost 10 after last season so we have a lot of new people. The hardest part is just getting everyone together and playing aggressive," said Arlington Captain Mckenzie Buell.

"I think we deal with the pressure pretty well. Last season we started off slow, but this year we need to start off strong, but I think that the pressure makes us better. It makes us work harder in practice and work harder in games because everyone is coming after us," said Arlington Captain Abby Anderson.

If you want to catch the next home game, the Arlington Eagles will be taking on the Mercer Island Islanders at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.

 

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