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Lack of finishing dooms Arlington soccer
ARLINGTON Another game, another impressive performance, and another loss for the Eagles girls soccer team.
The Sept. 27 match with the Cascade Bruins, played in a driving rain storm, was so one-sided on the field that Arlington should have score five or six times. They did not score at all and wound up losing to an inferior opponent 1-0 thanks to a penalty kick in the first half.
Right from the beginning Arlington controlled the possession and the flow of the game. Erin Taylor made some impressive runs down the right side, culminating in two early crosses into the Cascade goal area. But nobody was there to finish the crosses and Arlington could not jump ahead.
At the 15 minute mark Olivia Woodward collected a long chip from the midfield, beat a Cascade defender and attempted a chip shot of the goalkeeper. The ball sailed wide and the Eagles missed another chance to get on the scoreboard.
Two minutes later a hard tackle in the Arlington penalty area was ruled a penalty kick against the home team. Goalkeeper Andrea Parlin dove to the correct side but could not stop the well-placed shot.
Trailing 1-0 Arlington continued to press forward in the first half. In the 23rd minute Becca Wadey hustled down a cross and beat one defender to fire a shot on goal, only to be denied by the waiting Cascade keeper.
Morgan Galusha tried her luck from long range, hitting a sinking ball just over the crossbar minutes later. Chelsea Hansen got into the attack as well, challenging for a header on a cross to the middle of the box. Hansen brushed up against a charging Cascade goalkeeper and got her head on the ball, but it was held onto by the keeper to end the threat.
In the 30th minute, Kristina Longosky took an excellent pass from Galusha on the run down the right sideline. She wove into the corner and fired a perfect cross directly in front of the goal mouth. Two Arlington forwards had opportunities to get a head on the ball but neither connected for the Eagles.
Moments later Arlington missed on their best chance of the game when Jordan Taylor received a through-pass from Reggie Smithson and pounded a shot off the far post. The ball trickled back into the field as the Cascade goalkeeper scrambled to recover. Taylor could not put the rebound in the back of the net and Arlington failed to convert a golden opportunity.
The second half was a study in frustration for Arlington. Cascade nearly scored an own-goal in the opening five minutes when a long free kick from Chelsea Hansen was deflected on net by a Cascade defender. Unfortunately for Arlington the Cascade goalkeeper made a tip save and prevented a tie score.
In the 64th minute Samantha Coy drove a long free kick into the box which Kristen Allen headed into the Cascade net for what appeared to be the equalizing goal. Arlingtons relentless pressure had apparently paid off. But a stern looking linesman ruled the play offsides and overturned the goal, bringing the score back to 1-0 in favor of Cascade.
Near the final whistle, Longosky uncorked a blast from 25 yards away that was saved expertly by a diving Cascade goalie. Arlington had put their last good attempt on goal and the final whistle blew moments later.
For the Eagles, it was another tough loss due to a lack of finishing prowess. The girls face Snohomish Oct. 4.