The Arlington girls soccer team matched up with the Mountlake Terrace Hawks in a lopsided performance on Oct. 3.
Arlington wasted no time attacking the Mountlake Terrace defense as they stayed deep in Hawks' territory from their first possession. The Eagles forced a corner kick early in the first half and scored off a header to go up 1-0, in the 13th minute. Arlington intercepted a pass moments later and went on another quick run to score again in the 15th minute. The Hawks were able to slow down the Eagles through the rest of the half as they ended the half down 2-0.
The Eagles came into the second half with the same mindset to move the ball and score. Only six minutes into the half, Arlington was able to earn a penalty kick and scored once again to extend their lead to 3-0. Over the next handful of possessions, the Eagles were able to create shots on goal but were unable to convert them goals on the scoreboard. Mountlake Terrace managed to put together a few runs of their own but simply didn’t have the ability to pose a threat when given the chance. Arlington scored once again near the end of the match as they went up 4-0 in the 73rd minute. In the end, the Eagles walked away with the 4-0 victory over the Hawks.
“We need to take care of business through the rest of the year because we’re about to face a few teams that are below us in the table. The expectation is to win those and put ourselves in a good position,” said Arlington Head Coach Nathan Davis.
Arlington’s two biggest contributors were Audrey Jay and Ellie Rork. Jay, sophomore mid, had an incredible performance as she pulled off the hat-trick with three goals in the match. Rork, junior forward, was responsible for the big lead early in the first half as she scored the second goal on the day.
Sydney Crandall, junior forward, and Athena Dumadag, senior mid, also tallied their own stats with each of them ending the day with an assist.
For the first time in league play this season, Arlington’s sophomore goalkeeper Lexi Miller-Wood earned a shutout victory. She organized a strong defense led by senior captain Grace Bynum and senior Sarah French.
“To see us defend a little better and come out with a shutout was huge. We can score goals, everyone knows that, but right now we’re focusing on playing sound defense and not giving up any easy shots,” said Coach Davis.
Your next chance to come out and cheer on the Eagles will be at home as they take on the Snohomish Panthers on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m.