ARLINGTON — The Lady Eagles dominated Cascade in a home match on Tuesday, Oct. 1, with a 9-0 shutout.
“Our final score was 9-0, and right now our forwards, Bre Morren and Danielle Baker, are playing really well,” said head coach Nathan Davis. “They are putting pressure on the other teams’ defense and goalkeepers — they are dangerous. And the midfield did a really good job of serving it up for them.”
One of those midfielders is sophomore Olivia Larson, who was named the WIAA athlete of the week for scoring two of the team’s five goals against Mount Vernon two weeks before the Cascade game.
“This year I like that we are super close and all good friends,” said Larson, who played on the varsity team as a freshman last year. “There’s eight sophomores this year and we all play on the same select team, so we’ve been playing together for four years. We have really solid seniors and juniors, and we have one freshman who is a really good player. She plays center-mid with me.”
Larson thinks that their team mentality helped them succeed in their win over Cascade.
“I think we played a solid game and went out and took care of business,” she said. “We want to win districts and one playoff game — that’s our goal for this year.”
Davis is proud of Larson and said she is an important part of the team.
“She is a super hardworking kid who deserves recognition,” he said. “Olivia never stops on the field and I think it’s cool that she got that recognition. What makes her awesome is that she makes everyone else play better.”
Larson had three assists in the game against Cascade.
“Olivia did a really good job of setting up for goals,” said Davis, who also commended his captains for their leadership on the field. “Darby Winterer and Sophia Hitsky are doing a nice job of keeping everyone focused. Maddi Grogan, our center defender, is a four-year letterman and is a very calming, composed presence. She makes really good decisions and is the anchor of our defense.”
Arlington’s goalkeeper Kat Sanchez had three saves that night and yet another shutout.
“Throughout the year, Kat has had five or six shutouts so she is doing really well,” said Davis, who echoed Larson’s thoughts on their goals for this season. “I think our goal was originally to make it to the playoffs and win one game and from there we will look at what’s next. The better you do in league, the better your seeding is and that will really help us. Right now we have four games against strong teams from the South that will test us. We have Kamiak on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and they are really good. After that, on Thursday, we face Jackson, so those are really big games. We’ll just do what we do and compete the same way we did against Monroe and Lake Stevens.”
Bre Morren scored the first goal at 10 minutes with an assist from Danielle Baker, who scored the second goal one minute later. Morren scored another goal at 22 minutes, and three minutes later Lily Bynum scored a goal. Morren scored another at 30 minutes on an assist from Larson. At the 43rd minute Jillian Busby netted a goal on an assist from Alison Enell, and two minutes later Morren scored another goal on an assist from Kaylee Bartley. At the 65th minute, Baker scored a goal on an assist from Larson, who set up the next goal two minutes later, also scored by Bynum.
Arlington faces Kamiak at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Kamiak High School.