Brandon Adam/Staff Photo                                Arlington’s McKenzie Buell heads the ball.

Brandon Adam/Staff Photo Arlington’s McKenzie Buell heads the ball.

Eagles hang on to win first-round state match on penalty kicks

ARLINGTON — Senior goalkeeper Brielle Schrader did not want Arlington to go home.

“I did not want this to be the last game,” she said. “I think I was just pushing to save every ball that I could get. I did not want them to win with a minute left.”

Schrader came up with a “phenomenal” save at the end of overtime that took Arlington—tied 1-1 against Mercer Island—into a shootout in the first match of the 3A state soccer tournament Nov. 8.

“The one-vs-one where she caught it was unbelievable,” Arlington coach Nathan Davis said.

Schrader made another save that allowed Arlington to win 4-3 on penalty kicks giving the Eagles the 2-1 win.

“What I always tell my goalkeepers in that situation is they at least have to save one ball that’s close them,” Davis said. “If they can save one, we’ll get a chance.”

Mercer Island was winning the possession game much of the match, but Schrader kept the Eagles in the contest.

Arlington senior forward Kirsten Phillips scored first within the 13th minute of the first half, only to be countered three minutes later by a Mercer Island goal. The Islanders were very aggressive with their possession, but all of their attempts to score were thwarted by Schrader.

“To be honest, they were beating us to the ball,” Davis said. “They were at times a little more aggressive. But we got some counterattacks, and we scored on a set piece. Overall, it was a great match.”

The win advances Arlington to the quarterfinals of the 3A state tournament where they will host Seattle Prep, Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.

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