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Marysville Tomahawks score 4 goals in 12 minutes to beat Arlington

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks rode a flurry of goals to earn a 4-1 Wesco North victory against Arlington Sept. 16 at Quil Ceda Stadium.

The Tomahawks scored all four goals inside a 12-minute period in the second half.

“We didn’t quite play as well outside of (that period),” said M-P manager Gary Riozzi. “But it was good to see the offense get together.”

Arlington held a 1-0 advantage throughout most of the first half when a defender’s deflection caught the M-P back line off guard and Arlington forward Dana Canaria ran onto the ball just outside the goalie box and scored.

“She was a fast forward,” said Riozzi of Canaria. “They gave us a bunch of problems in the backfield.”

Despite outshooting Arlington 6-2 in the first half, and winning the battle of corner kicks 6-0, M-P couldn’t come up with the equalizer until the 59th minute. The goal stemmed from a handball inside the penalty area. Finishing the play was Rebecca Lentz with a low drive to even the score 1-1.

“I think that penalty kick really knocked the wind out of us,” said Arlington manager Nathan Davis. “We lost focus after that, and it just shows that you can’t do that and stay in the game in this league.”

M-P scored nine minutes later when Danielle Norton’s cross found Kendahl Beecher just in front of the goal mouth. Norton then found herself on the receiving end of Lentz’s pass from near the end line a minute later. Firing from near the penalty spot, Norton extended the lead 3-1.

“It was really nice to get going,” said Lentz, who finished the game with a goal and an assist. “We said at halftime that we just had to keep attacking.”

Madison Schoonover scored the final goal in the 71st minute on a pass from Norton to make the score 4-1.

The Tomahawks improve to 4-0 overall (3-0 in Wesco North) while the Eagles dropped to 1-3 overall (0-3 Wesco North).

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