MARYSVILLE — Marysville-Pilchuck and Snohomish traded a pair of goals in the opening 10 minutes before playing to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Quil Ceda Stadium.
The Wesco clash pitted the top two teams from last year. The Panthers, a perennial powerhouse, and the Tomahawks figure to be near the top again this season. The teams battled for 80 minutes and two five-minute overtimes before settling for a tie.
Snohomish scored first, but only one minute later M-P junior Douglas Cruz-Young launched a deep free kick from about 45 yards out. The ball bounced once inside the 18-yard box and then hit off the crossbar, ricocheting back in front of the net. Off the rebound, senior forward Kyle Matson slotted home the deflection to give the Tomahawks a ninth-minute equalizer.
M-P had an opportunity to pull in front on a penalty kick midway through the first half, but Snohomish goalkeeper Michael Herrera made a diving save on a low roller to his left by the Tommies Randy Galvan.
Despite graduating six starters from last year’s league championship team, M-P has outscored opponents by a 17-4 margin in going 5-1.
Meanwhile, Marysville Getchell got its first win of the season, blanking Oak Harbor 4-0. Jack Rimstad scored two goals to lead the way. Ethan Fuerte and Rogelio Salgado scored one goal each.
In the Chuck Randall Relays, the host Arlington boys won that competition with 134.82 points, with M-P fifth with 69.97 and MG sixth with 59.96.
For the girls, Arlington was second with 107.87, right behind winner Glacier Peak. Placing sixth was MG with 56.95 and eighth M-P with 38.98.
Daylin Pierce won the 100 for Arlington in 11.52 seconds. Junior Chance Pearston placed second in a photo finish in the 1600 in 4 minutes, 39.22 seconds, only 1/10th of a second behind. Sophomore Jaden Roskelley won the 110 hurdles in 16.55.
Roskelley tied with teammate William Abram in the high jump at 6-foot.
Arlington won the 4 by 100 relay in 44.6 seconds with Cade Younger, Kristian Fairbanks, Chase Petersen and Pierce.
For M-P, Cade Tucker won the shot put with a throw of 50 feet, 7 inches.
For the girls, Kiarra Green of MG won the 100 in 13.08 seconds.
For Arlington, Sarah French, Kambriella Smith, Jersey Heiss and Kelsey Mutton won the unique 100-100-200-400 relay, barely edging Wenatchee.
Julia Parra won the shot put at 38 feet, 9.5 inches.
Heiss won the javelin with a toss of 106 feet, 1 inch.
Arlington lost to Roosevelt 8-6. The Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but couldn’t hold the lead. Pitcher Lizzie Durfee struck out nine in a losing effort. Skla Newsom hit a triple, as did Lexi Eck, while Riley Ryan and Kailyn Thia each hit doubles.
Sammamish beat Lakewood 9-2. Friday, Lakewood beat Meridian 4-2.
Sedro-Woolley blanked the Cougars 1-0.
Lakewood 10 beat Lynden Christian 10-4.
Lakewood lost to Sedro-Woolley 6-1 Friday.
Arlington beat up on Everett 17-4. Camdon Anderson scored twice and went 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI to lead the way. Paul Chung also scored twice and went 2-2 with a double and an RBI. Cole Warren was the winning pitcher.
M-P whipped Stanwood 14-0, with Kyle Nyblod pitching all five innings with a 1 hitter, striking out 13 and walking three. Jordan Justice was 3-3 with a homer, a double and 4 RBI. Michael Testa went 2-2 with a double and 2 RBI and Daniel Kirkwood went 2-3 with an RBI.
Snohomish beat MG 14-8 with the Chargers committing seven errors. At the plate, Sean Brown was 3-4 with 3 RBI and Josiah Koellmer 2-4 with 2 RBI.
MG trounced Squalicum 15-1. Brionna Palm struck out 15 in the rout. At the plate, Hannah Kranz went 2-4 with a double and triple, while Faith Lampinen went 3-4.
MG lost to Cedarcrest 3-1.
Lynnwood and Arlington fought to a 0-0 tie.