Sports -- September 09, 2004

Published on Thu, Sep 9, 2004
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SPORTS
by Jack Kintner

Girls pull off a 2-1 shootout win

Blaine’s girls opened their 2004 season with a narrow 2-1 shoot-out win over Lakewood last Tuesday afternoon at the Pipe, and if there were a trophy for the contest it would go to Pearl Emmons.

The energetic sophomore was called up just the day before the game from the JV squad due to regular keeper Alyssa Makalai’s stubborn wrist injury suffered last week in practice drills.

“She played with a lot of composure in goal,” said head coach Dan Steelquist, “and handled the shoot-out well. It’s a tall order for a kid to come in and play that way, and she did well.”

Steelquist also cited senior Ashley Olason and sophomore Makenzie Nix for raising their level of play. “I’m happy,” he said, “we do have some things to learn but we played well against a team that’s exactly half seniors, especially considering that seven of our varsity girls haven’t played at this level before.”

Blaine grabbed the early lead at the four minute mark on a long-distance Ainsley Nix goal from the right side that floated in gently over Lakewood’s senior keep Kayla Walter. She was at least 25 yards out when she caught the Lakewood defenders sagging back a little and not expecting her to shoot.

Lakewood answered 19 minutes later when an unmarked Cougar midfielder broke free and gunned Emmons down from point blank range.

Neither side scored in the second half as fatigue and conditioning seemed to wear on the players and referees alike. They went on to play two overtimes, the first one running several minutes longer than the second as the refs argued with each other over who had kept track of the time, but with no more scoring the stage was set for the shoot-out.
Lakewood’s first shot was low and to the right, and Emmons gathered it in easily. That one and their third shot which she stopped proved to be the game-winning difference as Blaine won the shoot-out 4-2 and with it the game, officially scored at 2 - 1 in Blaine’s favor.