The Blaine boys gave it all they had, but it wasn’t quite enough. The Borderite soccer team lost 4-0 to Ferndale on Thursday, March 20.
The Ferndale team was larger, but Blaine head coach Mike Couto didn’t think their size meant anything to his team.
“We dominated possession,” Couto said. “We came out strong in the first half and it really frustrated them. We talked about that at practice, that we wanted to play our game and show them our game from the start.”
Blaine was right in the mix until just before half when Ferndale’s Kyle Hiatt put one in. Luis Morin dribbled to the touchline and passed it back into the center for Hiatt to put easily past Blaine’s keeper, Bud Halldorson.
Halldorson did all he could to keep his team in the game, but it just wasn’t enough.
“I thought (Halldorson) was phenomenal,” Couto said. “He really laid it out there, and the score could have been much higher without him.”
Halldorson made more than one huge save, but he also got some help from his defense.
Though Ferndale pulled away in the second half, Blaine still controlled possession and set the pace of the game. Ferndale just capitalized on more chances to increase the lead.
Ferndale’s second-half strategy changed toward the end of the game, with players cranking shots from way outside the penalty box. Heath Sowers ended the day with two goals from deep, and the fourth goal was a shot that was almost saved by Blaine, but Ferndale’s Luis Alvarez was credited with the goal in the end.
“In the next few games I am looking for us to come out the same way we did today,” Couto said. “I thought we played well today, and I would like to see that continue.”
The Borderites also made up a pre-season game against Nooksack Valley on Saturday, March 24, winning 2-0 on two own goals by the Pioneers. The team lost on Monday, March 26, to Burlington-Edison by a score of 5-0.