Soccer loses 5–1 to Lynden Christian, but finds success in passing game

By Oliver Lazenby

Lynden Christian overcame Blaine’s strong passing game to beat the Borderites 5–1 on Tuesday, October 18 at Lynden Christian.

Goals in the fifth and ninth minutes by Emily Roetcisoender and Madi Hallberg gave Lynden Christian an early lead.

Blaine head coach Kelly Tuski attributed the early goals to defensive gaps on Blaine’s part.

“We sorted it out and held it together and marked up very well as the game progressed,” she said.

Blaine freshman forward Sky Nolasco scored Blaine’s only goal in the 26th minute. She stole the ball from a Lynden Christian midfielder, dribbled around two defenders and lobbed an arcing shot from the 18-yard line that dropped into the goal beyond Lynden Christian goalkeeper Kaitlyn Heeringa’s grasping arm.

“It was her style of goal,” Tuski said. “She has great footwork and quickness and she wants to score.”

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Blaine forward Madeline Hall dribbles toward the goal before passing to Taylyn DePauw on a scoring opportunity in the second half. Photo by Oliver Lazenby.

The Borderites seemed to match Lynden Christian in ball possession. Nolasco said keeping the ball in control was one of the team’s ambitions for the game, and she felt they
succeeded.

Despite controlling the ball and getting several scoring opportunities and shots on goal in the final minutes of the first half, Lynden led 3–1 at halftime.

Lynden Christian’s Hallberg scored a hat trick and Melissa Buist scored the team’s final goal late in the second half.

Blaine goalkeeper Tessa Kelly had nine saves and few of them were easy; they included some airborne and diving stops.

“I feel like Tessa really saved us quite a bit,” Tuski said. “She had some key saves that kept the score down and she really kept her composure back there.”

Tuski concurred with Nolasco and said the team had one of its best passing games.

“I’m very proud of the way the girls moved the ball around today,” Tuski said. “We found some great scoring opportunities.”

After the loss, the Borderites’ record is 2–11–1 (1–9–1 in conference games). Next they’ll play Burlington-Edison at Pipeline Fields on Thursday, October 20. Senior night and the last regular season game is Monday, October 24 at Pipeline Fields against Lakewood.

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