The Arlington girls soccer team hosted their final match of the regular season as they took on the Marysville Getchell Chargers on Oct. 29.
The Chargers came out with an aggressive offense as they kept pressure on the Eagles' defense from the first possession. They immediately put themselves into scoring position as Arlington’s goalkeeper made a few key saves in a row to keep Marysville Getchell off the scoreboard. After holding off the Chargers in their first possessions, Marysville Getchell was able to turn a pass into a breakaway and scored a goal in the 16th minute off a long-range floater. For the rest of the half it was more of the same, as the Eagles couldn’t create many scoring opportunities and the Chargers continued to keep control of the ball.
Arlington came out in the second half as a different team as they were the ones to put pressure on Marysville Getchell. Over the first 20 minutes of the half, the Eagles kept the ball in Chargers' territory and continued to play physical as they missed multiple opportunities to score. Marysville Getchell began to adjust and find their offense once again late in the match as they scored once again in the 71st minute. With the 2-0 lead, the Chargers held strong on defense and walked away with the shutout victory over Arlington.
“I think we made a lot of good adjustments in the second half and created more scoring attempts. It was good to see us being able to adapt and keep fighting for those goals. At this point in the season we only have one game left, because it’s do or die from here on out,” said Arlington Head Coach Nathan Davis.
The Eagles were led in shots by their juniors Jordan Bartlow and Jersey Heiss. Bartlow, mid, was the main distributor for the offense as she sparked possessions from the center of the field. Heiss, forward, took her shots from the outside and was the main source of pressure on the Chargers defense.
Arlington’s goalkeeper, sophomore Lexi Miller-Wood, was incredible between the posts despite the two goals that were allowed. Throughout the match Miller-Wood had a long list of big-time saves to keep the score close.
“This team has found a lot of unity and chemistry over the last few weeks of the season. It’s going to be vital for them to know where each other is going to be and trust each other. I feel so lucky to have this special group of young women as we go into postseason play,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Sarah Hereth.
Marysville Getchell’s senior forward Jadin Thompson-Sheldon had an incredible day and was a key part of the victory. Thompson-Sheldon found holes in the Eagles' defense and showed off her ball control as she scored both of the goals for the Chargers.
The Chargers' defense stepped up behind the play of their seniors Faith Sherman, Kortney Crane and Maddy Grandbois. Sherman and Crane kept everything in front of them and didn’t allow for very many scoring opportunities against them. Grandbois, goalkeeper, made a few crucial saves in the second half and secured the shutout.
If you want to come out and support the Chargers and the Eagles, they will be competing in the 3A District Tournament at Shoreline Stadium through Saturday, Nov. 9.