Soccer team defeats two rivals

Senior Llira McEachern beats her opponents to the ball in a tough game against Seattle Christian on Friday.  - Mike Riggs Photo
Senior Llira McEachern beats her opponents to the ball in a tough game against Seattle Christian on Friday.
— image credit: Mike Riggs Photo

For The Beachcomber

The Vashon varsity girls soccer players sank their teeth into the meat of their schedule last week as they took on three Nisqually League foes. The results varied with the ascending quality of their opponents as they beat Life Christian, 10-1, at home on Monday, edged Bellevue Christian, 2-0, in Marymoor Park on Wednesday and lost at home Friday to Seattle Christian, 2-4.

Monday’s game was never in doubt as the Pirate girls quickly showed their guests that they meant business by scoring five first half goals, three from senior forward Llira McEachern and two more from sophomore Maddie McEachern.

The second half was much the same story as the Pirates tacked on five more, this time featuring a hat trick from Ana Deguzman and a pair from freshman Madison Browne. Assists were scattered throughout the score sheet from a variety of players, including Mira Jewell-Peterson, who made her first appearance of the season. The lone blemish on the stat sheet was a nicely taken free kick by the Eagles from about 25 yards for the final score, 10-1.

Bellevue Christian showed the Pirates that they have greatly improved from last season, hosting the Pirates in a tightly contested affair. Vashon managed a lone first half tally by Madison Chapman, who finished a smartly taken chance in the 6-yard box off of a nice corner kick and assist. Bellevue managed several quality chances throughout the first half and early stages of the second, only to be turned away by good defense and bad luck.

With the game still in doubt, Vashon produced a clinching goal on a long run and precisely placed shot from Llira McEachern as the Vikings net minder came out to meet her at the top of the 18-yard box. The final few minutes passed without event and the Pirates boarded the bus with a 3-0-2 record.

The match on Friday featured state finalists Seattle Christian and their powerful line-up. With premier club players at nearly every position the Warriors present a formidable obstacle, but one that the Pirate girls were ready to take on.

Seattle Christian scored first but was quickly answered as Maddie McEachern snuck a shot into the corner of the net on a corner kick. Soon after, the Warriors rung the bell again, and the score at halftime was 1-2.

Play continued at a frenzied pace in the second half as both teams showed their quality. After a great deal of back-and-forth play, Maddie McEachern scored again, this time on a free kick that eluded the Seattle Christian keeper to knot the game at 2.

Unfortunately, the Pirates were unable to keep the Warriors out of the net, as they gave up two more goals before time expired. The Pirates managed several chances of their own as time wound down, only to be turned away time and again by a stout Seattle Christian defense.

With the 2-4, loss the Pirates head into another three-game schedule this week with a respectable 3-1-2 record. The week began with a road game against Nisqually League leader Eatonville on Monday after press deadline, followed by home games against Chimicum on Wednesday and Cedar Park on Saturday.

— Kelly McEachern is the father of two Vashon soccer players.

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