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Eagles fall flat against Marysville-Pilchuck
The Arlington Eagles soccer team started slowly in their April 30 match with the Marysville Tomahawks. They conceded a goal within 45 seconds of the kick off and Marysville never looked back from there on its way to a 6-0 victory.
Coach Mike Gudgeon wondered where his team from the previous weeks victory over Lake Stevens had gone.
We were obviously flat. They put a quick goal on the board and our team did not show up. We ended up playing their game exactly the way they wanted to play it.
Within two minutes, the Tomahawks produced a second high quality scoring chance, missing wide on a left footed shot from 15 yards past shell-shocked goalie Keith Bayer.
In the seventh minute, Marysville nearly struck again as a cross sailed in front of Bayer and out of the reach of Mike Huston on the back line of defense. Two Tomahawks attempted to head the ball toward goal but it skipped just out of their reach.
The 17th minute brought Arlingtons best chance of the game as Jake Smith got free up front for the home side. He busted up the left sideline, carrying a defender in his wake. From 18 yards, he chipped a well placed ball on goal. The Marysville goalie reacted with a leaping punch save, pushing the ball over the top of the crossbar and preventing a score.
At minute 21, the game began to unravel for Arlington. A poorly timed Robert ODay challenge in the penalty area led to a foul call. The ensuing penalty kick beat Bayer to give Marysville a 2-0 lead and full control of the game.
Then in the 37th minute, Marysville struck again, this time on a weaving run from their right midfielder. He broke through five defenders in a zig-zag pattern, coming across the field from the right wing into the center of the box. It looked like Arlington had stopped the threat as Mike Baxter got a good solid challenge in, causing the Tomahawk player to stumble momentarily and nearly concede possession of the ball. However, he bounced back to his feet and promptly sailed a looping shot perfectly into the top corner of the goal, over the head of a helpless Bayer.
Trailing 3-0, the Eagles could not mount much of a charge before halftime and things worsened for them after the break. In the 50th minute another Marysville forwards slalom through defensive traffic produced goal number four. Six minutes later the Tomahawks tacked on a fifth with a touch pass in front of the Eagle net. The Eagles only real chance of the second half came in the 77th minute as Juan Guadarrama found Cody Nielsen from the left flank. Guadarramas cross deflected off Nielsen wide of the net.
In the last minute of the game, a Tomahawk breakaway sealed the deal and sent Arlington to the showers with a disappointing defeat.
The team that so thoroughly outplayed Lake Stevens just a week before was entirely devoid of spirit and fire, as if somebody let the air out of a balloon.
Coach Gudgeon was not pleased with what he saw.
We absolutely beat ourselves. And if were going to be prepared for districts, weve got to come ready to play as a team.