Chargers tie Wildcats 0-0 at home

Charger captain Christian Fuerte looks to pass during the April 19 home game against Oak Harbor. - Lauren Salcedo
Charger captain Christian Fuerte looks to pass during the April 19 home game against Oak Harbor.
— image credit: Lauren Salcedo

MARYSVILLE — The Charger boys soccer team fought against Oak Harbor on Friday, April 19, in a home game that ended in a scoreless tie.

Despite not scoring a goal, the MG team sees the outcome of Friday’s game as an improvement.

“Our team started out 0-5,” said head coach Geoff Kittle. “Now in the last seven games we’ve won four, lost two and tied one. We are really starting to do well. The last time we played this team we lost 4-2 and now it’s 0-0, and for our team to continually get better is great. I feel like our team is getting hot at the right time. To be in second place right now in the Wesco 3A North division is great considering that at the beginning of the season, after a couple games, we were dead last. To make that jump right now and be in a good position to be in a playoff spot, it’s great.”

The Chargers’ defense had a lot to do with keeping them on top, as several players noted after the game. Goalkeeper Cameron Carter had at least four major saves in the last 12 minutes of regular play and the two five-minute overtime quarters.

“Cameron’s got his third shutout of the season and I believe he is leading the Wesco 3A North with shutouts right now, so that’s really great,” said Kittle.

Marysville Getchell is in their second year of varsity athletics and the team has had some changes from last season to now.

“Last year we had a bunch of foreign exchange students,” said Kittle. “We had a guy who scored 20 goals for us up top. Whereas this year, we have had to restructure to figure out how to score. Nate Nehring has been doing a lot of that for us. We started out the season with him as an outside back, but now that we are putting him as forward he has been doing a great job of combining working the middle and giving us a lot of attack. Since we moved him up to forward he has scored four goals for us. A lot of the other guys are stepping up, like Tanner Shauger who scored two goals in the last game, and our center back who is the second leading scorer on our team. Our seniors have stepped up to start putting things in the back of the net and help us start winning games.”

The Chargers competed against their crosstown rivals, the Tomahawks, on Monday, April 22, and battled to a 2-0 victory over Marysville-Pilchuck.

“About one more win and we’ll make the playoffs. If we can get through M-P and Shorecrest, if we can get a win there, that would be great. And it would be amazing if Stanwood can slip and we can catch Stanwood. I think our guys are hoping that we can beat Stanwood in our last game of the season and be Wesco North champs.”

The Chargers face Shorecrest away on Wednesday, April 24.


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