Young soccer team working through inexperience

By Oliver Lazenby

Kate Neher scored three goals and assisted another to lead Ferndale in a 6–0 win against the varsity Borderites soccer team on September 13.

The Blaine girls are off to a tough start, with three losses in as many games and no goals yet, but the young team is optimistic heading into its second 2A Northwest Conference game against Sehome on September 15.

“We have a lot of freshman on our team who are getting used to playing at this level, but we’re a lot more hopeful than last year,” said junior defender and team captain Taylor Miller. “We haven’t been playing as well as I know we can.”

Last year, the Borderites were 2–9–1 in conference games and 4–10–2 overall.


Blaine defender Sydney Thrall pushes the ball up the field in the first half. Photo by Oliver Lazenby.

Blaine had some bright spots in Tuesday’s game, including returning goalkeeper Tessa Kelly making some phenomenal stops and 12 saves overall.

But they struggled to control the ball in their opponent’s half and couldn’t match the more experienced Ferndale team in shots on goal.

Blaine is one of the smaller schools in the 2A Northwest Conference but 34 girls came out for soccer this year, which is more than in previous years, said head coach Kelly Tuski.

“We had decent numbers last year, but not having 30 and having some injuries really hurt us,” Tuski said.

This year’s varsity team has just three seniors and six freshman. In addition to Miller, the other captains are senior defender Brooke Giffen and senior midfielder Bianca Rodriguez.

“We brought in a really great freshman class that has a really strong work ethic,” Tuski said. “We have underclassmen who are stepping into upperclassmen roles who are motivated and talented, with great ball-handling skills.”

The Borderites play Sehome at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 at home.

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