Three Borderite scorers pushed Blaine’s girls’ soccer team ahead of the Lynden Lions in a 4-1 win at the Pipeline Fields Tuesday afternoon. The win improves Blaine’s record to 4-6.
All three of Blaine’s seniors shined during the game, with senior forwards Samantha Nault and Katey Conway racking up two and one goals apiece, respectively, and senior defender Bethany Dahl making some key plays on defense.
The game was especially significant for the seniors since it was their last home game of the regular season.
Scoring was not the sole realm of the seniors, though, with sophomore midfielder Hope Wilkett getting the Borderites’ first point in the 17th minute. With Nault’s assistance, Wilkett made a breakaway through Lynden’s defense and streaked a shot to the right of the Lions’ goalkeeper.
About 15 minutes later, Nault got a score of her own with an assist from sophomore midfielder Emily Grayston. Blaine head coach Dan Steelquist said Nault also helped the team a great deal earlier in the game by spreading the ball around.
“Sam was dishing the ball out at the start of the game,” he said.
The Borderites rounded out the second half with a goal from Conway and another from Nault with about 15 minutes in between. The last point made 14 for Nault on the season, a figure that puts her in third in the Northwest Conference for scoring.
With one minute left to play, the Lions’ Devon Kollmyer got one past Blaine sophomore goalkeeper Anna Hewitt, making the final score 4-1. But it was truly too little, too late for the team from Lynden.
With just two games left in the regular season, Steelquist said the Borderites still have a shot at the playoffs.
Blaine needs to win their next two games, and a few teams, such as Squalicum, need to suffer key losses.
Blaine travels to Nooksack Valley high school to take on the winless Pioneers on Thursday. Though their record does not say much, Steelquist expects Nooksack to come out fighting on what will be their senior night.
The Borderites will face the Pioneers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, on Sid Lambert Field at Nooksack Valley high school.
Photos by Jeremy Schwartz