After a down year last season, the Marysville-Pilchuck girls soccer team is looking to bounce back to the top half of the division.
The Tomahawks opened up last year with a win but began to have up-and-down performances as they finished with a division record of 3-10-1 and an overall record of 4-11-1. They finished the season with a rough stretch as they went 1-4 over their final five matches. In the offseason, Marysville-Pilchuck graduated five seniors including their long-time star and 2018 Fiji National Team member Trina Davis.
“We have a team that’s played together a lot and a good mix of freshmen. We have some really strong forwards, but we’ll be starting some young players, so we just need to get them up to speed. Right now, we’re just trying to ramp things up and I think we’ll be competitive,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Paul Bartley.
Going into this season the Tomahawks will have a strong senior class led by their captains Mackensie Connelly, Kaila Linayao-Beau and Brynn Pilkenton. Connelly, forward, will be the team’s main scoring threat as she is one of the best strikers in the division and was an Honorable Mention All-League member last season. Linayao-Beau, mid, will organize the offense of Marysville-Pilchuck as she will be looked at as the distributor. Pilkenton, defender, is going to be the leader of the defense with a lot of youth behind her. Last season she also finished as an Honorable Mention All-League member.
Alongside the other seniors, Veronika Taylor will also be a huge contributor on the defense as she closed out the year as the final Tomahawk to be an Honorable Mention All-League player.
If you want to come out and cheer on the Tomahawks their first home match of the season will be against the Mariner Marauders on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m.