Ferndale girls' soccer fought to keep its season alive, but was overcome by the Class 3A Northwest District's No. 1 seed, Marysville-Pilchuck. The Golden Eagles fell by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville.
Marysville-Pilchuck took home the win with a lucky goal late in the game. The ball had bounced off the post of the Ferndale goal, then hit goalkeeper Linsey Honeycutt in the back and rolled into the goal.
"We outplayed them. ... I'm very proud of how we played," Ferndale coach Joe Gonzalez said in a phone interview. "It was absolutely a good game. Our best game all season."
Anna Zwade scored the Golden Eagles' lone goal, even though they piled 15 shots on the Marysville-Pilchuck goalkeeper.
"Marysville-Pilchuck really tried to get us out of our game and played us physical," Gonzalez said. "Our girls were disciplined and didn't fight back. They refused to bow down and lose their cool."
Zwade was assisted by Jordin Bartel, who Gonzalez said had done a good job the entire game winning balls and keeping the ball in the attacking third for Ferndale. Gonzalez also pointed to Jillian Monson, the Golden Eagles' center defensive midfielder, who he said did a good job holding her ground against Marysville-Pilchuck and distributing the ball.
"There wasn't a player who didn't give their all," he added. "After the game, when we were debriefing, I looked around and all the girls had skinned knees and were bloody. ... They really gave a valliant effort."
Marysville-Pilchuck moves on to face Marysville-Getchell at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Quil Ceda Stadium.
MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK 2, FERNDALE 1
Goal: Anna Zwade (Ferndale), assist Jordin Bartel: time: 17. Shots on goal: Ferndale 15; Marysville-Pilchuck 9. Goalies (saves): Ferndale: Linsey Honeycutt (7).