by Jack Kintner
Lady B’s take game to new level
Blaine junior Naomi Shucard got her first career goal and the Lady B’s stretched their winning streak to four last Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Mt. Baker at the Pipe. Mountie defender Brittany Zender, red pony tail flying, marked Blaine’s ace junior forward Alyssa Hendrickson like a coat of paint for much of the contest, rarely letting her get loose, which opened up scoring opportunities for the rest of the team.
After being tenderized by several Bre Olason fast breaks, two of which began at the other end of the field and all of which ended in a rifle shot on goal, the Mounties began to fade, and on another break in the 24th minute Olason passed to the intimidating Alyssa Makalai for a goal that tied the score 1-1 at the half.
The second half opened with the typical frenetic energy both these good teams can generate, but once again Blaine’s sharpness and solid control wore down the visitors. In the 30th minute Bailey Richardson deked three players to boot home a goal on an assist from Pearl Emmons, and two minutes later Shucard got hers when Adrianne Dodgeson set her up with a perfect pass, leaving her staring incredulously into an almost empty goal with no one around. That’s a more difficult shot than most people realize, but not for Shucard, whom you could see smiling broadly before winding up and cleanly booting the ball deep into the net.
The Lady B’s record is now 6-4 over all, 4-3 in league. They travel to Meridian today, October 6, for a rematch with the Trojan women who narrowly beat them here in a shoot-out two weeks ago.