Tie and a loss for boys soccer

Published on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 by Ian Ferguson

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For the second time this season, the boys soccer team tied Lynden Christian in a hard-fought game with equal pressure on both sides.

The Borderites tied the Lyncs 2–2 at home March 27.

“It was a battle, in a good way,” said Blaine coach Gio Quesada. “We played with a lot of thought, which showed in our passing and distribution.”

Kai Griffin scored first for the Borderites in the first half, off a long pass. Later in the game, Garren Economy carried past two 
Lync defenders and ripped a shot from just outside the 18 into the far corner of the net.

“Everybody played with a lot of heart,” Quesada said, adding that there were opportunities to score the winning goal but the Borderites couldn’t quite finish the job. Nonetheless, he said he was encouraged by even play against a solid Lynden Christian team. He also added that the JV team won their game against Lynden Christian 9–1.

On March 28, Blaine took on Nooksack Valley at home and lost 3–0. The loss puts the Borderites at 2–2–2 overall and 0–2–1 in the Northwest Conference.

Blaine beat Nooksack Valley 2–1 in an away game earlier this season. Quesada said the earlier win might have been a factor in the loss, as the Borderites didn’t seem to play with urgency.

“Nooksack Valley played very well. You have to give credit to them; they played for the win. As for us, the team didn’t quite match the energy of Nooksack Valley,” Quesada said.

Blaine had many opportunities, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The Borderites took nine shots on net compared to eight from the Pioneers; Nooksack Valley’s keeper Levi Van Wingerden made five goalie saves.

“Their keeper made some great saves,” Quesada said. “It was one of those games where you play a lot of the time in front of the opponent’s net, but you can’t put the ball in.”

Quesada said the team took a valuable lesson away from the loss: always match the energy of the team you’re playing against, regardless of how they have played in the past. 

Blaine’s soccer schedule eases off for spring break, and Quesada said he’s hopeful the team will return with renewed energy and focus.

The Borderites will travel to Anacortes Tuesday, April 8. The game begins at 6 p.m.