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Tomahawk soccer rallies to beat Lake Stevens

Sophomore Brady Ballew seeks control of the ball in the midfield. -
Sophomore Brady Ballew seeks control of the ball in the midfield.
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MARYSVILLE The Vikings held no terrors for M-P as their soccer teams faced off March 20.
Lake Stevens took the early lead, the Vikings Carlos Linares landing a goal with the game less than four minutes underway, but M-P settled in for the long game, playing patiently.
Tomahawk junior Seth Jones evened the score 18 minutes after Lake Stevens broke the stalemate, his goal coming a little after the first halfs midpoint.
M-P coach Geoff Kittle praised his players for keeping their composure and making adjustments.
One Tomahawks play particularly embodied the teams turnaround. After playing with a high-strung intensity, referees pulled a yellow card on M-P forward Jordan Salcedo around the 23rd minute. The senior went to the sideline for a few minutes and talked with Kittle. He re-entered the game not long after and gave Marysville the go-ahead goal with just over 10 minutes left in the first half.
He did an excellent job of coming back in the game, playing composed and getting the goal, Kittle said afterward.
The Tomahawks made it 3-1 as sophomore Brady Ballew drew a penalty kick. Senior midfielder Nick Burdett delivered the goal with less than 10 minutes left in the game, dashing Lake Stevens chances of a comeback.
Marysville could have suffered overconfidence, coming off a 9-0 victory over Stanwood a couple of days earlier, but the team discussed the hazards of arrogance according to their coach. They looked to Lake Stevens as an example.
These guys came off a five-goal win over Stanwood and lost to Monroe, Kittle said.
Kittle credited a number of different players for strong individual performances, including Ballew and Burdetts drawing and delivering on penalty kicks and the defensive play of senior captain Brian Nobach and goalkeeper Eric Cruz.
While he praised the team for adjusting well, Kittle said he hoped to see his players continue to work on the defense on restarts, a potent scoring opportunity for any team, but particularly M-Ps opponent on March 28, an undefeated Cascade team.
Weve just really got to be ready for restarts, he said. They got about 19 goals on them last year.

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