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Marysville Getchell battles to a tie on the pitch
EDMONDS — Not many programs can say that they’ve never lost.
Marysville Getchell’s girls soccer club could after opening its inaugural campaign with a 1-1 draw against Mountlake Terrace at Edmonds Stadium Sept. 6.
“We’re pretty excited about this team,” said Charger manager Wayne Nash. “We’re young and inexperienced, but you can see that they are all ready to go out there and compete.”
The Chargers did just that with a serendipitous opening to the match. In just the 12th minute, sophomore Kelsee Crenshaw outpaced the Hawks’ back line to a through ball that she put by the Terrace keeper from less than 10 yards out to become the first scorer in Chargers’ history.
“Kelsee is a very talented player,” said Nash. “We were just able to break through early in the game and get that lead.”
But an advantage in the score didn’t end up translating to one on the pitch, as the Chargers found themselves too comfortable with the lead.
“I think we let up after that first goal,” said Nash. “The girls were pretty nervous going into the game and then all of the sudden, they said to themselves, ‘We got one.’ And then started to relax.’”
Terrace took advantage of a resting Getchell attack, owning possession for the remainder of the first half, during which they got the equalizer in the 32nd minute on a strike from Erin Russell.
Although the second half didn’t see any scoring, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a large number of opportunities for both teams. Free kicks just outside the penalty area and breakaways were frequent but without consequence. For Getchell, that was mostly because of junior keeper Samantha Wallace.
“She pretty much kept us in the game,” said Nash about his goalie.
Wallace recorded 11 saves — four of the diving variety — and made sure her defenders were in the right areas.
Getchell played the second half with the same intensity of the first and was easily the winner in time of possession.
The match went to overtime with neither team scoring while both teams had a flurry of opportunities in the 10 extra minutes.
With just one senior on the roster, Nash said he was quite confident in his team’s future, and its effort against Mountlake Terrace did nothing but support that feeling.
“(The Hawks) didn’t graduate anybody, so that’s a pretty seasoned team that we just competed with,” he said. “I was pleased with the way our forwards worked together tonight, playing off each other. That is a good sign for this year.”