The cool rain made the 40-degree temperature seem even cooler than it actually was on Wednesday afternoon, October 24. The only thing hot was the play of the Borderites in this district win that advanced them to play Lynden on Friday and again on Saturday. This will seed them for the tri-district playoffs next week for state.
“This was their best effort this year,” Blaine head coach Dan Steelquist said.
During the first half, the Borderites demonstrated precision soccer. Passes were crisp and accurate; players moved the ball downfield on the outside. The girls stayed in their areas and lanes, yet moved the ball with vigor. The only goal they could not reach was to put the ball in the net against the South Whidbey Falcons. There were several near misses for the Borderites, who were credited with out-shooting the Falcons seven to one in the first half. The score was zero-all at the half.
It looked like deja vu in the second half. Blaine continued to dominate, but the ball would not go into the net. Then, with just five minutes left in the game, junior Olivia Olason controlling the ball dribbles down the right sideline. After dribbling between two Falcon players, she launches a perfect crossing pass to senior Hope Wilkett. Wilkett who is about 35 yards dead center in front of the goal, releases a rocket that screams by the Falcon goalkeeper. The goal came at the 75:10 mark and was the only score in the game.
“Our goal all year was to play 80 minutes of possession ball. We achieved that today,” Steelquist said. He told the girls, “You beat a really good team and this was a total team victory.” He was really happy about the perfection with which his team played, as any coach would be. It was rewarding to see the Borderite girls achieve this.
Anna Hewitt, Blaine goalkeeper, is credited with a shut out game.