The Marysville-Pilchuck boys soccer team hosted the Kamiakin Braves for the first round of the 2019 WIAA 3A State Tournament on May 14.
The Tomahawks came out aggressive as they stay solid on the defensive end and kept their possessions on the Kamiakin side of the field. Over the first half neither team was able to score as Marysville-Pilchuck doubled the Braves shots on goal with a total of eight.
In the second half, Marysville-Pilchuck continued their aggressive offense as they scored in the 43rd minute of the match. The Braves began to play more physical after falling behind 1-0 and started to make a few runs through the Tomahawk defense. After creating a deep run, Kamiakin finally tied up the match in the 58th minute on a breakaway goal. Both teams continued to battle back and forth up until the last minute of the match. With less than two minutes left in the match the Braves were given two controversial penalty kicks, converting the second, and captured the 2-1 lead. With little time remaining, Marysville-Pilchuck was unable to score and lost the match 2-1.
“This team never quit, and they worked really hard throughout the entire season. The seniors were a confident bunch, this is the most accomplished group I’ve had and they’re the reason why we’re here. Now we need to figure out if we can do this again,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Paul Bartley.
The only player to score for the Tomahawks was senior forward and captain Randy Galvan in the 43rd minute. Galvan used his exceptional footwork as he was Marysville-Pilchuck’s biggest offensive threat and recorded his 13th goal of the season against the Braves.
“We have a great coaching staff here, the team was amazing and we made sure to always play our game. It was a good season, but we deserved better there at the end,” said Tomahawks’ senior mid and captain Leo Jaramillo.
Marysville-Pilchuck was led on the defensive end by their captains Leo Jaramillo and Edgar Martinez, as well as their senior keeper Eric Ibanez. Jaramillo and junior defender Martinez organized the team throughout their strong year as they finished with the best record in the regular season. Ibanez started all season at goalkeeper as he had countless saves, only allowed 13 goals and notched nine shutouts.
After this loss the Tomahawks season is over as they finish with a 16-3-1 overall record, with two of their losses coming in their postseason run. With their season ending, Marysville-Pilchuck will graduate nine seniors and look to reload for next season around their young core.