Soccer team's dreams of state playoffs shattered

Published on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 by Russell Paris

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The girls looked refreshed at their pre-game workout on Saturday, November 3. The effects of their long road trip to Orting and the loss to Meridian two days later seemed to be behind them. They were enjoying another road trip to Seattle and their chance to qualify for state.

It was a mild but crisp fall afternoon. The wind, while not strong, swirled because the field sits at the bottom of a bowl. This could have been a factor on accuracy. “I am glad the girls made it this far. Win or lose they know what it takes to get this far,” said head coach Dan Steelquist before the game. “They have learned that playoff games are more intense and the competition is tops. I am really proud of them, win or lose today.”

The Borderites dominated the field of play during the first 20 minutes of the 40-minute half. Blaine played the first 15 minutes in The Northwest School end of the field. They had three great shots that by all accounts should have gone in. They did not, and with the momentum slowing, Northwest began to even out the game. The Borderites out-shot Northwest five to two but the two teams ended the half scoreless. 

The second half started and it seemed like Blaine did not show up with the same intensity they had in the first half. Where the Borderites fell off, the Northwest team picked it up. At the 61-minute mark, midfielder Mia Bladin headed the ball into goal off a corner kick by Sammy Lavitt. Allegra Kahn also scored by redirecting a crossing pass from the right side to make it 2-0, which is how it ended, with The Northwest School winning the trip to state. 

“We were lucky to survive the first half. Blaine could have had three or four goals. They came ready to play and we did not,” said The Northwest School head coach Mike Mullen. “I was impressed with Nicole Statham, Alexis McElwain and Olivia Olason. Olason turned our players around, she is very physical. All the Blaine girls played hard.

“Even when they got down, they continued to run to the ball. You can tell they are very well coached. I was really impressed by their goalkeeper (Anna Hewitt). She was the best goalkeeper we have faced this season. She would get my vote for 1A conference All Star.” These were nice compliments to end the Borderite season.