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Marysville Getchell headed to State

 

November 8, 2017

Andrew Hines

Hayli Huhta steals the ball and goes on the attack against the Scots in the second round of the District Tournament at Edmonds Stadium on Oct. 31.

The Marysville Getchell girls soccer team entered the 3A District Tournament as the fifth seed and battled their way to the Championship match against the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on Nov. 4, and despite falling to E-W the Chargers had clinched a spot in the State Tournament.

The Chargers began their journey taking on the second seeded Stanwood Spartans, beating them 3-2 in sudden death penalty kicks. After this huge upset they moved on to the Shorecrest Scots, scoring in the 59th minute and holding a shutout for the 1-0 victory. With the win over the Scots they secured their first trip to the State playoffs in the programs' history.

Marysville Getchell entered the final match of the District Tournament looking to take the number one spot over the Warriors. Through the first half of the match the Warriors took double the shots on goal as the Chargers, but the Getchell defense stood strong as they didn't allow a score. Marysville Getchell broke off a couple of offensive runs throughout regulation but weren't able to finish in the back of the net.

Both teams went back and forth, leaving it all out on the pitch. With only a few minutes left, it looked like the match was headed for a sudden death shootout but the Warriors made sure that wouldn't happen as they scored in the 78th minute. With little time to score and a great defensive effort by Edmonds-Woodway, the Chargers lost by a score of 1-0. With this loss, they took second in Districts and will go on to the State Tournament.

Andrew Hines

Marysville Getchell's keeper Kaitlynn Knocke sends the ball to the other side of the pitch with the big kick in the second round of the 3A District Tournament at Edmonds Stadium on Oct. 31.

"The kids played a great game. It's a great tribute to them, I like seeing the players rise up to the challenge, especially young ones that figure it out and step up," said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Kyle Suits.

Kaitlynn Knocke, Marysville Getchell's junior keeper, had an incredible performance throughout the tournament as she only allowed one goal in regulation. With major injuries on their defense, Knocke stepped up as a leader and brought the team together.

On the offensive end, Oshinaye Taylor was a force as she scored the lone goal in the semifinals and put a lot of pressure on defenses throughout the entire tournament.

The Marysville Getchell Chargers will be taking on the Prairie Falcons on NOv. 8 at 5 p.m. at Prairie High School. For more information about the State Tournament, check out http://bit.ly/2hKCC9u.

 

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