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Eagles battle to 1- 0 victory over M-P


Andrew Hines

Tomahawks' Edgar Martinez, left, gains possession and battles with Eagles' defender Skylar Burdick at Arlington High School on May 1.

The Arlington boys soccer team battled it out with the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks on May 1 in the last regular season soccer game.

As soon as the game started both teams battled for possession with speed and physicality. The Tomahawks looked like the more aggressive team as they racked up shots on goal throughout the first half. Fortunately for the Eagles their defense managed to make a few crucial saves in order to keep a tie score at the end of the first half.

The second half was more of the same as both teams tried to take advantage of their few opportunities to put up points. The final minutes of regulation came and went as the Eagles and Tomahawks finished in a tie. As overtime began, Marysville-Pilchuck pushed the ball into position but couldn't convert for the score. The Eagles took the fast break opportunity and with a lucky bounce to the outside, took a long shot from deep and converted it two minutes into overtime. Arlington took the win with a final score of 1-0.

"The big thing was that we were playing pretty defensive. At the beginning of the game, every time we got the ball we would try too hard when winning the transition ball. We'd make a bad pass and then lose the ball, so the biggest thing I told them was to settle down, make the right pass and take it from there," said Arlington Head Coach Mike Gudgeon.

The big shot for the Arlington win came from an unlikely source, the sophomore mid, Nathan Ursino. The keeper for the Eagles, Noah Sawdon, also played a big role in the win by completing the shutout victory.

"We had a lot of opportunities and we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. I'm not worried about that part of it because as we create chances, then sooner or later it is going to pay off. We will be prepared, give it our best go moving forward and see what happens," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Paul Bartley.

The Tomahawks won their next game against the Everett Seagulls, with a score of 3-2, on May 5 in order to advance into the divisional playoffs. They lost their next game on May 6 to Lynnwood, 3-1, but are still in the hunt for a State spot. They played at Edmonds-Woodway on Tuesday, May 9, but results were not available at press time.

The Eagles won their next game on May 5 against Marysville Getchell, with a score of 3-2, as they advanced and ended the Chargers' season. They lost their next game, May 6, against the Snohomish Panthers by a score of 2-0. They played at Shorewood on Tuesday, May 9, but results were not available at press time.


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