by Jack Kintner
Blaine gives a memorable show
with the best side in the conference last week, Blaine
played the undefeated Bellingham Red Raiders evenly for
all but the last few minutes before succumbing to the
talented and vociferously temperamental side 3-nil.
The first goal came at 8 minutes on a penalty kick by Mac Gainor, and was one of only three shots out of 27 on goal that Blaine goalie Will Clift failed to stop. Gainor later was taken to the hospital for stitches after tangling with Patrick Mulholland on a header. He was called for dangerous play despite photo evidence that it was Gainor who tried to knock Mulholland’s head from behind, and who despite Bellingham’s constant whining, deserved the penalty.
The loss put Blaine at 4-9 overall, but also was, for most of the match, a show of just how well-played the “beautiful game” can be. The final Blaine match at home is Thursday, April 26, against Mt. Baker, 4:30 p.m. at the Pipe.