Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Last week, the girls set Marlington history by winning the district finals and hoped to move on even farther into the championships. However, their season unfortunately came to an end at the hands of Revere in the regional semifinals.
With the first half starting strong, Cali Swisher and Reilly Lutz set the pace for both sides. The girls worked together moving the ball fast and effectively down the field. Sarah Taranto kept the score 0-0 with three early saves for the Dukes. Marlington took to the defensive after Revere scored with 27 minutes left. At half the score was 0-2 with Revere and Marlington still going strong. The two teams showed skill, discipline, and teamwork throughout the first half.
Coach Sanderson commented: “They were a very very talented team and they just took advantage of our mistakes. So if we made a little mistake, which wasn’t a lot, they were just there taking advantage of it. Which is what a good team does and do at this level.”
During the second half Marlington stepped up the intensity and aggression towards the ball. With fouls being called every minute, the girls still kept most of the possessions on their side of the field. Sarah Taranto recorded multiple saves for the Dukes throughout the second half.
Center-mid, Reilly Lutz, mentions, “At the end of the game, we were getting better. We started having more [momentum]. We were really trying hard at the end. Putting all of forth effort into the end of the game and trying to get a goal cause we were down by so much. It’s been a rough [game] but we pushed through [the obstacles].”
Although with all the girls effort, Revere still ended the game with 0-5 against the Dukes. With the girls’ season now finished, the seniors say goodbye and the younger girls take to conditioning and planning for the next season.
Reilly Lutz adds, “It took a lot of hard work and dedication to getting over obstacles throughout the season to get there and I think we did really well this whole season. Especially like getting all through the injuries and stuff. I think overall we were tired last night, but it felt really good to make history.”