Marysville Pilchuck’s girls soccer team had a pair of competitive games last week, but came up short against both conference opponents.
MP hosted Snohomish at Quil Ceda Stadium Sept. 28 and was defeated 4-2.
“It was a good game for us,” Marysville Pilchuck coach Paul Bartley said.
Marysville Pilchuck netted the first goal when Alexis Bell scored in the 22nd minute of the first half thanks to an assist from Elizabeth Martinez. Bell “broke through the middle and Beth shot a nice pass,” Bartley said.
Snohomish scored three times just before halftime and added another goal during the second half.
Junior Kaitlyn Olson scored for Marysville Pilchuck with about 10 minutes remaining in the contest on a free kick from about 30 yards out. “She has a good foot."
Bartley cited the defensive efforts of senior captain Meaghan Connelly, who “covered a lot of ground reading the field and made it difficult for the other team to attack down the middle.”
“It was a hard-fought game,” Bartley said.
The second game saw Marysville Pilchuck travel to Everett Sept. 30 and lose to the Seagulls 3-1.
“It was a real dog fight,” Bartley said with both teams scoreless in the first half.
Marysville Pilchuck scored first with Olson hitting a free kick to the upper left corner of the goal from around 40 yards away, Bartley said. Everett tied the game a couple minutes later with a goal.
Everett scored once in the 79th minute and then a late goal during extra time near the conclusion of the match.
Last week’s losses puts Marysville Pilchuck’s record at 1-7 for the season with their lone win coming Sept. 11 against Cascade.
“The team is making improvement. We’ve just been unlucky,” Bartley said.
He said that, after last year’s shortened and delayed season due to COVID-19, the team is happy to be competing in a regular season.
“It’s just fun to actually play,” Bartley said.
Marysville Pilchuck’s season continues Thursday when the soccer team hosts Mountlake Terrace. Game starts at 7 p.m.