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M-P fights for 2-0 victory over Eagles


Andrew Hines

Marysville-Pilchuck captain, Daniel Amador, right, races alongside Arlington's Edher Escalante at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on March 21.

The Marysville-Pilchuck boys soccer team took on the Arlington Eagles on March 21 in a match that came down to the last few minutes.

Throughout the first half the Tomahawks showed how aggressive they could be on offense as they just kept shooting and shooting. The Eagles stayed strong and had a handful of incredible saves, as they held off Marysville-Pilchuck on the way to a 0-0 halftime score.

The second half was more of the same and it looked like the result was going to be a tie. However, in the 73rd minute the Tomahawks scored and the entire match changed. The Eagles were forced to shift their offense and this opened it up for another score from Marysville-Pilchuck in the 80th minute. The Tomahawks finished on top with a score of 2-0.

"Marysville did a very good job of winning the 50-50's and I think that would be the one thing that I really want to focus on. We need to be more aggressive on the 50-50 balls in the air, and then pick up the second opportunities when the ball hits the ground. We have just got to keep elevating our game. We've got some young guys and some experienced ones, and we need them at the same level," said Arlington Head Coach Mike Gudgeon.

The Tomahawks dominated in shots-on-goal with a total of 26 to the Eagles' six shots on goal. This created more opportunity for a score and the sophomore mid Randy Galvan did just that off of a corner play in the 73rd minute. His cousin senior forward Siloe Galvan took advantage of the last-minute opportunity as he scored in the 80th minute.

The Eagles dealt with a lot of shots, but also had an incredible amount of saves as Noah Sawdon, sophomore keeper, ended the match with a total of 13 saves.

"We changed up our offense a little bit and it produced more opportunities, but if you don't have quality with them then the goals won't come. The first one we scored was a set play off corners and we worked on that a lot so it was good to see it work. I think we played really well and just have to clean up the attacking third and we will be just fine," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Paul Bartley.

If you want to check out the next Marysville-Pilchuck match they will be facing the Meadowdale Mavericks on Monday, April 3, at 6 p.m.

The Arlington Eagles' next home match will be against the Oak Harbor Wildcats on Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.


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