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Marysville-Pilchuck outmatched by Everett

MARYSVILLE — Tomahawk fans looking for a repeat performance of the 1-0 battle with the Seagulls got what they wished for — for about one half.

Marysville-Pilchuck (5-6-1) held undefeated Everett (12-0) in check for roughly 40 minutes Oct. 13, before the flood gates opened and the Seagulls walked away with a 5-0 Wesco win.

"I thought if we were able to keep them out of rhythm for another few minutes, we might frustrate them enough to get back into the game," said M-P coach Gary Riozzi. "That's all you can do with a good team, frustrate them. And that's what Everett is. I'd be surprised if they don't win state again this year."

The defending 4A state champions scored in the 34th minute on a counterattack. Chaotic play caused a pinball effect at midfield, resulting in a perfectly landing clearance to Makaela Nellams. The Seagulls sophomore carried the ball inside the penalty box and beat the charging keeper with a bouncing pass across the goal mouth to midfielder Morgan McCarty, who taped it in just before it went out of bounds.

One goal was all Everett proved to need, and it was all the Seagulls could get in the first half against a Marysville backline that was without two starters.

The second half, however, was a different story. Everett scored a pair of goals within in a two of minutes in different ways. The first was a one-on-one that left the keeper exposed and the other was a perfectly located shot from 20 yards out by Annie Sittauer.

"They can beat you a number of ways," Riozzi said. "They have such skill around the ball and knowledge of the game — it's hard to defend against."

Everett outshot M-P 13-2. One of the differences in Everett's attack was being more patient. The Marysville back line made good use of an onside trap, producing four calls on goal-scoring opportunities in the first half.

The Tomahawks' lone spotlight was found in the midfield — the area where possession, and most games, are won. Junior midfielder Stephani Hagberg was instrumental in both scoring chances for the Tomahawks, and maintained possession under fire against a team that looked like it was playing with an extra player.

"Her and I have had a few chats early on this year because we expected a little more of her," Riozzi said. "She has tremendous ability on the ball and that showed tonight."

Also scoring for the Seagulls were Sele Vance and Tessa Fox.

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