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Eagles defeat MI at State 2-1

 

Andrew Hines

Arlington's Abby Anderson, center, contests the possession as Mercer Island pushes the ball up field at Arlington High School on Nov. 8.

The Arlington Eagles girls soccer team faced off at home Nov. 8, against the Mercer Island Islanders, for the first round of the Washington State 3A Tournament.

Arlington had the first chance to go up on the Islanders in the 27th minute of the first half. Using her speed on the outside Kirsten Phillips beat her defender for the big time goal. However, only a few minutes later, during the 33rd minute, Mercer Island struck back with their own goal. With tough defense on both sides neither team scored during the rest of regulation and two overtimes. The Eagles went up on top during the shootout as the Islanders missed two shots of their first three. After going four for five during the shootout, the Eagles won with a score of 2-1.

"They have to adjust and realize on their own that they can do it. They need that confidence in themselves to go make the plays and to not hesitate. They played that way during the tough games at the beginning of the year, but sometimes you go through the league and you forget what that's like. We've had to get back to the speed of play and I think we started to do that during the second half," said Arlington Head Coach Nathan Davis.

Andrew Hines

photo BY Andrew Hines Arlington's Brielle Schrader dives and misses on the penalty kick from the Islanders late in the first half at Arlington High School on Nov. 8.

On the offensive end, Phillips and McKenzie Buell worked tirelessly to push the tempo early and often.

The Arlington defense came up big in a lot of clutch moments throughout the match. Mercer Island took advantage of their speed which produced a significant amount of shots on goal. However, Brielle Schrader played her role perfectly as Arlington's shifty keeper as she made save after save, including her game clinching save during the shootout.

"I go into it thinking that this might be the last game, but I don't want it to be, so I have to give it my all. I told myself that I had to make one save and I had to get the one that came to me," said Schrader.

In the Round of Eight, the Arlington Eagles lost to the Seattle Prep. Panthers by a score of 3-0. With this loss, the Eagles were knocked out the State Tournament and will look to compete at this level again next season.

 

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