Six more shots on goal could not counter the effect of four offside calls against the lady Borderites soccer team as they fell 3-1 in their season opener to Lynden Christian (LC) at the pipline fields.
The Lyncs put the pressure on early with a first half goal that slipped just past the hands of Blaine junior goalkeeper Anna Hewitt.
The Borderites stayed strong in the midfield and on the right side throughout the entire game, but could not get much past LC’s goalposts, though they had 16 shots on goal to LC’s 10.
The Lyncs’ second goal came just after the start of the second half following the third offsides call against the Borderites. Blaine head coach Dan Steelquist said the number of offsides calls is something his girls will have to work on in the upcoming games. Fortunately, this game and the Borderites’ next two are non-conference play.
“This was a warm-up for us,” Steelquist said after the game.
The two goals going into the latter part of the second half did not seem to dampen the Borderites’ drive. Blaine’s only goal came off the foot of senior forward Samantha Nault after an assist by junior midfielder Emily Grayston.
“Sam created a lot of opportunities out of nothing,” Steelquist said.
Despite the loss, Steelquist said he and his team know where they need to improve. He said their first touches throughout the game could have been handled better, and that the whole team seemed a bit jittery in the first half.
“The girls know they have the potential to win some games,” Steelquist said.
The Borderites will travel to Granite Falls High School on Thursday for the second of three non-conference games.
Photos by Jeremy Schwartz