The Marysville Getchell girls soccer team hosted the Arlington Eagles for their final regular season match of the season on Oct. 23.
From the start of the match the Eagles seemed to come out flat as the Chargers managed to put a lot of pressure on the Arlington defense early. Marysville Getchell made sure to stay aggressive deep into Arlington’s territory and eventually earned themselves a penalty kick, which they converted, in the 29th minute of play. After the score, the Eagles began to push the tempo more on offense, but several miraculous saves kept them at bay as the Chargers entered halftime up 1-0.
After the half, Arlington came out as a different team as their passes seemed to find open lanes and they were able to dissect the Chargers' defense. The Eagles got behind the Marysville Getchell defense in the 46th minute and tied up the score at 1-1. Marysville Getchell began to play better on the defensive end, but it wasn’t enough as Arlington scored again in the 59th minute off a deflection from the keeper. Neither team would score through the last 20 minutes of the match and the Eagles walked away with the 2-1 victory.
“We had a lot of young players on the roster so you’d hope that they were able to learn a lot from this year. You never know with injury or turnover, but I think they made a lot of progress throughout the season,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Kyle Suits.
Marysville Getchell was led by Kaitlyn Knocke, Faith Sherman and Sofia Trujillo. Knocke, senior keeper, kept a shutout through the first half and made a long list of incredible saves that kept the match close for the Chargers. Sherman, junior defender, played a big role in the middle of the defense forcing changes of possession. Trujillo, junior mid, was the only one to score for Marysville Getchell off of the penalty kick.
“We’re young still so the goal is to keep them learning and working as a team as we head into the playoffs. We are getting inspired play from our seniors and our younger players are able to see that and grow as well,” said Arlington Head Coach Nathan Davis.
Arlington was led by Hannah Hiester, Ali Krediet and Ally Head. Hiester, senior mid, played an exceptional match as she forced the Chargers defense back on its’ heels and also added an assist to her stat sheet. Krediet, senior forward, scored the tying goal for the Eagles early in the second half. Head, junior mid, made sure to be aggressive throughout the match and scored off of the deflection from the keeper to secure the win.
The Eagles and the Chargers faced each other once again on Oct. 25 for the 3A District Play-In game. After losing 3-0, Marysville Getchell ended their season with a 3-11-3 record. Arlington went on to lose in the first round to Squalicum, 1-0, but will look to battle back for a State playoff spot.