The Marysville-Pilchuck boys soccer team took on the Mount Vernon Bulldogs for their first home match of the season on March 12.
The Tomahawks came out strong as they put the pressure on the Bulldogs defense, keeping the ball in enemy territory for the majority of the first half. Marysville-Pilchuck managed to use their athleticism to get past defenders but missed on several opportunities from within close. Late in the half Mount Vernon managed to gain a little momentum as they earned a few opportunities to take some shots. Going into halftime neither team managed to score as the Tomahawks had seven shots, eight shots on goal and three saves.
Marysville-Pilchuck came out in the second half firing on all cylinders as they took early shots against Mount Vernon and eventually scored in the 52nd minute. They continued to put the pressure on but left some holes in their defense as the Bulldogs turned a quick run in the middle of the half to score in the 65th minute. Both teams fought up and down the pitch as they didn’t want to exit the game with a tie. In the 74th minute, the Tomahawks managed to put in a header off the crossbar and sealed the 2-1 victory.
“We wanted to see how we looked and I was pretty happy with what we did out there. We made a lot of mistakes in the first half and we were able to make a lot of adjustments at halftime. It was good to see them come out poised and take advantage of their opportunities,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Paul Bartley.
The Tomahawks were led in scoring by senior forward Randy Galvan and sophomore defender Davis Magee. Galvan took the most shots for his team as he was able to score the first goal of the game from about 20-yards out. Magee scored off a header after Galvan hit the crossbar from another deep shot near the end of the game.
On the defensive end Marysville-Pilchuck was led by Eric Ibanez and Edgar Martinez. Ibanez, senior keeper, kept a shutout for the first 65 minutes of the game and only allowed one score with four total saves. Martinez, junior defender and captain, organized the Tomahawks' defense and played a key role keeping everyone locked in on their responsibilities.
If you want to check out the Tomahawks their next home match will be against the Snohomish Panthers on March 23, at 1 p.m.