BOTHELL — The Marysville-Pilchuck boys soccer team competed against Woodinville in its second game of the season at the Kingco/Wesco showcase at Pop Keeney Stadium and finished with a 2-1 victory on Saturday, March 16.
“They don’t give up,” said Paul Bartley, M-P head coach. “They play well as a cohesive squad and are more or less interchangeable. We played everybody on the roster. There are things we need to work on, but overall we did really well.”
Junior midfielder Fabian Panduro scored the first goal at 70 minutes with a penalty kick and freshman forward Omar Flores scored at 77 minutes with an assist from Aron Galvan.
“I think Aron Galvan had a really good game. He had the assist with the second goal,” said Bartley. This was the second game of the season for M-P, who tied 1-1 with Archbishop Murphy, also nonleague, on March 12.
The Tomahawks are still working on where to place all the players, but Bartley has a good feeling about this year’s crop of athletes.
“Right now it’s hard to tell where everyone will play. We have a team with only two seniors and I’m pretty excited about this year and next year. I think that we’ll do really well this year and even better next year.”
Only six members of last year’s varsity team returned for this season.
“There are a lot of players stepping up from JV and fighting for positions,” said Bartley, who noted that the midfield is where the team is showing the most strength so far.
“I have multiple strong players in the midfield,” he said. “Up front we are inexperienced, but in midfield Cesar Galvan is going to have a big year.”
The team played Bothell on Tuesday, March 19, although the results of that game were unknown as of press time.
“We start our league season with Getchell on Friday,” said Bartley. “The seniors up there now are the freshman I coached here at M-P, so they know us and we know them. It’s going to be a great game of soccer.”
The team faces Marysville Getchell in an away game at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22.
“I think we’ll be really competitive this year,” said Bartley. “Anything is a possibility. You just have to get there. We have the personnel, we just have to play.”