Marauders record first league victory of season | Girls soccerMariner loses to Grizzlies but comes back to beat Cascade 2-1
The scoreboard read 5-0 and for the fifth time in a row, Mariner came out on the losing end of a tough Wesco 4A girls soccer game.
But the Marauders weren’t hanging their heads following the loss in the Sept. 27 contest at Glacier Peak High School.
Mariner showed signs of improvement, according to senior co-captain Carlita Vilchez.
“I’m real happy about tonight,” she said. “I thought we played as a team really well and we can just build off this one.”
Marauders coach Scott Willsie also saw better teamwork and communication among the players.
The Marauders were coming off a 6-0 loss to first place Lake Stevens and 7-0 defeat to Mount Vernon, which is in fifth place in the league. Mariner (1-6 in the league, 2-7 overall) still benefits in the long run going up against strong teams.
“Last week was tough,” Vilchez said. “They’re good teams. They help us get better.”
Mariner opened league play with shutout losses to Jackson and Kamiak, two teams coming off of district playoff appearances.
“It’s always an opportunity when you play against a good team to see what it’s like to play at a higher level,” Willsie said.
Vilchez said that Mariner started out the season playing more defensively.
“But now we’re starting to attack a little more and getting the ball up,” she said.
Both Vilchez and Willsie saw solid play from senior goalkeeper Sandy Esquivel.
“She’s doing a lot of talking back there, helping us see the field and helping us get organized with the defense,” Vilchez said.
Mariner followed up Tuesday’s contest with a 9-0 loss to Monroe on Sept. 29 before rebounding to defeat Cascade 2-1 on Oct. 3 at Goddard Stadium.
Kendyl Hedberg scored at 22-minute mark and Vilchez added the second goal at the 80-minute mark. Both goals were assisted by Olivia Satterlee.
Willsie said the game was “a very close competitive game with lots of goal scoring opportunities by both sides.”
Mariner starts the second half of the regular season against Jackson at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Everett Memorial Stadium.