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Rough week for Eagles soccer
How often in soccer does it happen that the better team loses? More often than in any other sport. And while Arlington may not have played well enough to beat Snohomish they certainly deserved better than the 4-0 loss they endured in their Sept. 11 match.
The Eagles controlled the tempo of their match against Snohomish right from the beginning. They dominated possession in the midfield and got some excellent runs by wings, particularly Olivia Woodard, who seemed to be everywhere on the pitch all at once. Arlington withstood a physical brand of soccer from Snohomish that included a number of crunching tackles and some high elbows. At one point defender Erin Taylor took an elbow shot to her forehead that went unpenalized by the referee. A surprised Taylor looked over to the yellowshirted official for a call, but did not receive any sympathy.
The Eagles fought through the physicality and still managed to control much of the game. Still, they got sloppy on defense 17 minutes into the first half and allowed Snohomish a soft goal. Attacking along the right side, Snohomish managed a decent shot attempt that was saved by Eagle goalkeeper Andrea Parlin. Parlin could not corral the ball but managed to deflect it off to the left of the goal. An alert Snohomish forward squirted between two Arlington defenders to tap in the rebound and give Snohomish the lead 1-0.
Arlington continued to impress with their possession and touch on the ball, despite trailing 1-0. They got inspired touches from Samantha Coy and Kristin Allen in central midfield, feeding long runs up the sidelines. Unfortunately, another defensive miscue on a long ball from the Snohomish backline cost Arlington dearly.
With the game under control and within striking distance for the Eagles, Snohomish got a cheap goal after a long ball was misjudged by Arlingtons backline. It snuck over the top of everybody onto the foot of a streaking forward who finished past Parlin to give the Panthers a 2-0 edge.
Just before halftime the Panthers snuck in another score from a crossing ball in front of the Arlington net. They tacked on another goal moments into the second half after a tough challenge from the Arlington defense made for a Snohomish penalty kick. At 4-0 the game was getting out of hand, and a bit ugly. For all their ability to control the ball, the Eagles could not maintain enough pressure to get on the scoreboard. The game ended 4-0.
It was the first game back for senior goalkeeper Andrea Parlin, recovering from a mild concussion. Parlin, who managed a number of impressive saves, could not do it all on her own.