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Arlington Eagles soar over Mariner on the pitch
ARLINGTON — John C. Lawson Stadium in Arlington was alive when girls varsity soccer squared off against Mariner on Oct. 4. Players, coaches, parents and fans could hear Will.I.Am and the Black-Eyed Peas sing about having “the time of their lives” amid the pre-game music.
Arlington’s squad did the same, scoring quickly and often to post a 12-0 rout in which eight different players scored, a nearly identical result of the Sept. 6 match at Mariner that ended in a 14-0 win.
“We definitely wanted to come out and win,” said Arlington’s Cassandra Lake, who played keeper and scored in the 64th and 73rd minute after moving to forward. “We moved the ball and made some improvements that we wanted to make coming into the (Oct. 6) game against Jackson. We had to win and that’s what we came out to do.”
Set pieces were a major factor in Arlington’s game plan for the evening.
“We were trying to score off buildups in the air,” Arlington girls soccer head coach Nate Davis said. “We had some good finishes and some nice header goals.”
Dana Canaria struck first, at the fifth minute, off of Erin Frye’s assist to start the Arlington landslide. Canaria assisted Kaylee Bartley’s 7th-minute goal and scored again in the 14th minute with Sophia Hitsky’s help for a 3-0 advantage. Hitsky connected on a shot a minute later. Marisa Rathert scored in the 24th minute, followed by Ronnie Ladines in the 27th for a 6-0 halftime lead.
Arlington matched its six-goal first half with six goals in the second. Frye beat the defense to pair her first-half assist with a second-half goal in the 42nd minute. Hitsky notched her second goal of the night off of Sadie Hitsky’s assist in the 51st. Lake found daylight with Jordan Adell’s help in the 64th. Bre Morren hit the back of the net from Gabby Padilla’s pass in the 71st and Lake scored again in the 73rd from Ronnie Ladines. Morren capped the match with a 74th-minute goal off a Darby Winterer connection.
Lake shared time at goalkeeper with Katelyn McDonald, but they were rarely challenged as Mariner’s attacks on goal could be counted on one hand.
The win builds momentum for an Arlington team that has struggled this season, standing at 2-6 in league play and 3-6 overall.
“I know we’re definitely shooting for districts. We’re always talking, we’re psyched up for the game to make sure everybody’s ready to go,” Lake said. “I think that we have a good chance this year.”