The Marysville-Pilchuck girls soccer team took on the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors in a physical matchup on Sept. 17.
Both teams began to battle from the very first dribble, as they each stood strong on the defensive end while not allowing deep runs into their territory. The Tomahawks had a few opportunities early on but weren’t able to convert them into goals. Edmonds-Woodway began to create opportunities of their own as they got lucky on a penalty kick in the 23rd minute and scored to go up 1-0. The rest of the first half was more of a defensive struggle as neither team was able to add more to the scoreboard.
In the second half the Warriors began to run away with the match, as they scored in the first 15 minutes with a header in the 55th minute. Shortly after going up 2-0, Edmonds-Woodway pulled away even further with a goal from a penalty kick in the 63rd minute and another from 15-yards out in the 78th minute. The Tomahawks were unable to put together an effective offensive drive as they lost the match by a score of 4-0.
“We have a really young team, and all of this is a work in progress right now. However, there are a lot of positives with our offensive pressure and our ability to work together to create some shots, we just have to hit them,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Paul Bartley.
In the first half the Tomahawks accumulated six shots on goal, but only added on four more in the second half for their total of 10. Their leader on offense, senior captain and forward Mackensie Connelly, was able to manufacture a few opportunities but wasn’t able to find the back of the net.
Even with four goals allowed, Marysville-Pilchuck’s senior goalkeeper Vanessa Perez put on a performance through the entire match. In the first half she had two saves and ended the match with an impressive total of seven saves.
“We’re going through the hardest part of our schedule right now. We’ll learn from this and move on. Everything is looking good, we just have to learn how to execute and we’ll be fine,” said Coach Bartley.
Your next chance to come out and support the Tomahawks at home will be against the Mountlake Terrace Hawks on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m.