By David Pan
Sports editor 

Mariner looks forward to second half of season | Soccer

Marauders unable to sustain strong first-half performance


Last updated 10/9/2019 at 10:53am

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Mariner's Jennifer Pena Sanchez attempts to chase down the ball before it goes out of bounds Thursday, Oct. 3, at Everett Stadium.

Mariner could not sustain a strong first-half performance against Cascade.

The Bruins scored three unanswered goals in the second half to defeat the Marauders 5-1 in a Wesco 4A soccer game Thursday, Oct. 3, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Despite coming off lopsided losses to Lake Stevens (6-0), Glacier Peak (7-0) and district rival Kamiak (7-0), Mariner stayed right with Cascade for the first 40 minutes.

It appeared that the goal by sophomore forward Nixie Tamayo-Franco off an assist by Mary 'Jay' Jimenez would enable the Marauders to go into halftime tied at 1.

But a penalty and subsequent goal off a free kick gave Cascade a 2-1 lead.

"We had that foul and they scored from the free kick before halftime," Mariner coach Liam Somers said. "I thought we were unlucky to go in at 2-1."

The bad luck continued for the Marauders into the second half with the Bruins pushing forward and finding the net three times.

"The second half is something we've struggled with this season," Somers said. "Closing out games, finishing the way we start. That's something that falls on the coaches as much as on the players."

Somers added that individual mishaps on the field led to the three goals.

"Being able to recover from individual errors is something that we need to work on," Somers said. "Someone we have a propensity for the heads to go down."

The Marauders came out with a compact defense in the first half and also counterattacked well against Cascade, Somers said.

This week Mariner starts the second half of the regular season with a 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10 contest against defending league champion Jackson at Everett Memorial Stadium. Mariner (0-7 in the league, 0-9 overall) then hosts Mount Vernon (1-6, 2-7) at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Goddard Stadium.

"We're looking for improvement against all of the teams," Somers said. "We're going to continue to work on the counterattacking, hitting people with numbers, pressing and defending as a unit. We need better passing and better movement of the ball."

David R Pan

Mariner's Mary 'Jay' Jimenez (17) looks up the field while being trailed by Cascade's Fernanda Bolanos during a Wesco 4A game Thursday, Oct. 3, at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Bruins defeated the Marauders 5-1. Read the story on page 6.


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