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Eagles defeat Snohomish on the pitch


Andrew Hines

McKenzie Buell battles a Snohomish defender for possession at Arlington High School on Oct. 22.

The dominate Arlington girls soccer team welcomed the Snohomish Panthers to their home field on Oct. 20.

With an undefeated league record the Arlington Eagles came out fast and confident against a young Panthers squad. In the first two minutes of the match McKenzie Buell scored her first of three goals, in a showing of incredible offense. With a combination of explosive speed and smart play the Eagles blew out their competition by a score of 6-1, scoring four goals in the first half and two in the second.

"The offense has been great, but really the defense is what's special. That was only the third goal we have given up in all of league play. So we've done good offensively, we're strong and powerful, but the credit goes to Brielle, Kali, Tahlia and Kristin. The back line has been phenomenal all year. They don't get a lot of press, but giving up three goals over 12 matches is pretty awesome," said Arlington Head Coach Nathan Davis.

Besides the three goals from Buell, three other athletes scored as well, including Kirsten Phillips, Tahlia Miears and Gia Tift. Everyone was flying all over the field as the Eagles simply sped past the defense for quick scores.

On the other side, Arlington's defense put up a brick wall as they stopped multiple advances by the Panthers offense. With incredible saves the Eagles' keeper, Brielle Schrader added on top of her impressive season as she held off Snohomish for one goal.

"Winning the Wesco North is pretty awesome. These girls have worked hard to get where they're at so I think it's a compliment to them with the time they put in and the training they've done. It's super fun, they knew and I knew it, that we'd be a good squad, but it still feels great," said Coach Davis.

This was Arlington's last home game of league play. As they clinched their division title, the Eagles are looking toward the postseason. The 3A District matches will begin on Oct. 27 at Shoreline Stadium.


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