Moving as one, Marysville girls soccer heading in the right direction

MARYSVILLE – With 24 players, the Marysville girls soccer team boasts an unusually large roster. Skill and experience differ greatly among teammates.

It’s taken some struggles to synchronize as one unit, but now that process is nearing completion. And the Vikings like what they see.

“We’ve been building this – game after game – this momentum the second half of the season,” Marysville coach Scott Parker said. “We talk about, ‘Are we going to improve, or are we going to stay the same or decline?’ We’re improving and you can really see it time after time. “

After an 0-3 start to the season, Marysville has won five of its last six games and stands at 5-4. All five wins have come in league play against MAC Gold opponents.

“Building (along) with our trust is definitely our team bonding,” center back Evenlynn Fletcher said. “Our bonding that we have within practice is what keeps us together and builds that chemistry within each other.”

Marysville's Mackenzie Fournier dribbles past a defender during the Vikings' 1-0 win over Warren Woods-Tower at Walt Braun Viking Stadium in Marysville on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

That belief in one another came up big in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Warren Woods-Tower.

Mackenzie Fournier, the team’s most-skilled player, was dribbling the ball and evading defenders with 17 minutes remaining. The midfielder did not hesitate when she noticed Sophia Lukitsch break free from the Titans’ defense.

“I was going down (the field) and in my head I was like, ‘Oh, I might have to shoot this,'” Fournier said. “But then I saw Sophie and she was wide open making a perfect run. So I passed it off to her. I was like, ‘She has a good shot. She’ll get a goal out of it.’ I trust her. “

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