Six different Anacortes scorers pushed the Seahawks ahead of the Lady Borderites soccer team in a 6-1 loss at the Pipeline fields on Tuesday afternoon. With the loss, Blaine falls to 2-3 in conference play and 3-5 overall.
The Seahawks were able to score within the first 5 minutes of the game and lived up to the time-honored soccer strategy: Control the first 5, control the match.
Anacortes scored an even three goals per half, with the Borderites only being able to manage a single goal in the middle of the second half of the game.
Anacortes kept Blaine’s reliable finisher senior forward Samantha Nault at bay with the single goal, which was assisted by senior defender Bethany Dahl. Borderite head coach Dan Steelquist said his team controlled the ball well and has improved their transitions, but that the Seahawks just played the better game.
“Anacortes was just solid everywhere all day,” Steelquist said. “We weren’t.”
The Borderites will most likely learn the most from the Anacortes game than from any game so far this season, Steelquist pointed out. The Seahawks are the kind of team Blaine should be competitive against, he said.
Steelquist said he knew going into Tuesday’s game that Anacortes would be a challenge. On Thursday, September 23, the Seahawks toppled previously undefeated Ferndale 5-1.
Blaine’s loss comes after a 3-1 win against Lynden Christian on Thursday, September 23 at Lynden Christian high school.
The Lyncs were able to score the first goal in Thursday’s game, but Blaine’s Nault, with the help of sophomore midfielders
Emily Grayston and Hope Wilkett, answered with three scores. Though Nault managed a hat trick, making nine goals for her this season, Steelquist said the Borderites’ team effort was the real reason for their win on Thursday.
“Some people think it’s the Sam show, but it’s really not,” Steelquist said.
Blaine will have to bring all the show and teamwork they can muster for this Thursday’s game against undefeated soccer powerhouse Sehome high school. The Borderites will face off against the Mariners at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, under the lights of Civic Field in Bellingham.