MARYSVILLE — The Marysville-Pilchuck girls soccer team fell to the division leader, Everett High School’s Seagulls, during a home game on Oct. 11.
Although the Tomahawks managed to maintain a significant amount of ball possession, they struggled with scoring, while the Seagulls managed to put three balls in the net for a final score of 3-0.
“There were times when we dominated the game, but we just didn’t score,” said head coach Paul Bartley. “We played well, but we just didn’t put the ball in the net.”
Everett scored two goals in the first half and one in the second, which brings them to the Wesco 3A North division championship and a record of 8-0-1 in league and 10-1-1 overall.
Marysville-Pilchuck now sits at third in 3A North, with a game against Shorewood at home on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
“This season we had to focus on playing consistently. We were inconsistent in the beginning,” said Bartley. “This was a much better game for us than usual. Defensive was really consistent, we just couldn’t match them in the air and that’s how they scored.”
Going into the last matches of the season, the Tommies are working on consistency.
“We are looking at making better runs and holding the ball a little more,” said Bartley.
Despite the loss to Everett, M-P still holds some strong talent on their team. M-P forward Amanda Klep is the top scorer, with eight goals as of press time, and center back Kaila Heckendorf has exceeded at defense throughout the season.
M-P’s shift from 4A to 3A seems not to have affected the talent or competition for girls soccer.
“From 2A to 3A to 4A there are really good teams,” said Bartley. “This year the league is really even. I mean, we’ve played Lake Stevens, who’s 4A and we beat them, so you never know.”
The Tomahawks still have a chance to make the playoffs if they maintain their position in the 3A North division. As of press time, they were ranked third in the division and the top four teams go to District 1 playoffs set for Oct. 27 at Shoreline Stadium.