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Chargers fall to Squalicum 2-1

 

Andrew Hines

Carley Wika, Marysville Getchell's senior goalkeeper, dives for the ball during the shootout against the Squalicum Storm at Marysville Getchell High School on Nov. 1.

On Nov. 1 the Marysville Getchell girls soccer team took on the Squalicum Storm, at home, in the second round of the District One 3A Girls Soccer Tournament.

The match ignited quickly as the Chargers broke free for the first goal in the fourth minute of play. It looked like they were going to run away with it after their score, but that changed rapidly as the Storm answered with a score of their own in the fifth minute. With two quick scores, everyone braced for a high-scoring affair the rest of the way. However, with incredible defense on both sides, they both conducted a shutout for the rest of the match.

With the loser going home, the result came down to a shootout after two scoreless overtimes. The Storm went on to win the match after winning the shootout with a score of 4-3. The Chargers were then knocked out of the tournament with a final score of 2-1.

Andrew Hines

Chargers' Faith Sherman launches the ball into Squalicum Storm territory from midfield at Marysville Getchell High School on Nov. 1.

"It was a good game. Two even teams. We played well, so we can be disappointed with the result, but I can't be disappointed with the effort. We had trouble with inexperience, nobody had been there before so this was all new. Saturday, we didn't play very well, I think due to shock factor, but today we played much better," said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Kyle Suits.

Lindsey Weikel and Oshinaye Taylor contributed early, as Weikel had the key assist, that led to the early score by Taylor. After that early score the offense was quiet the rest of the way, however, the Chargers defense stepped up in a big way by only allowing one score. Led by their senior goalkeeper, Carley Wika, Marysville Getchell held on to the tie, until the pivotal shootout that ended the match. Wika had a multitude of saves and managed to cap off her day with a diving stop on the first shot of shootout.

With this loss, the Chargers' season is over. With such a young team, five freshmen on the varsity roster, they are hoping to bounce back next year and make another postseason run.

 

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