by Jack Kintner
Lady B’s lose fourth straight game
dropped its fourth straight soccer contest Tuesday night
at the Pipe when the girls let Sedro-Wolley leave town
with a 3-1 victory.
Last week they lost a heartbreaker on the road to a determined Meridian squad right at the end of double overtime 2-1, moving their season record to 2-5 in conference, 4-6 overall.
Senior forward Wren Baldwin, as tough as a sack of nails and finally over most of a series of nagging little injuries, lit up the cornfield that doubles as the Meridian soccer pitch but the Lady B’s were kept out of the Meridian net until the last few minutes of the second half. With 5-minutes to go the Super Swede, junior Bre Olason, fired a pass to Bailey Richardson who scored from the top of the box 17 yards out.
The tie sent the game into two extra five-minute overtimes that Meridian ended with their second score just as the ref was about to whistle the final period to an end.
Freshman Katey Conway nailed Blaine’s only goal Tuesday afternoon in the Sedro Woolley game 29 minutes into the first half with a line drive from about 20 yards out back at the Pipe. This was after Sedro Woolley opened the scoring with a nice header off a kick.
Their second score came of a wild dribbler 11 minutes into the second half on a ball that Janelle Gobbato almost stopped but saw roll very slowly into goal.
When the same player came at her several minutes later, having out-run Blaine’s defense, she understandably gave it her all in the one-on-one encounter, drawing a tripping foul in the box and a successful penalty kick to make it 3-1. The Woolley girl who scored will have stories for her grandchildren with a leg dent to prove it, as Gobatto does not take losing any better than the rest.
This team is good but is still looking for its pace, its own kind of rhythm. This part of the schedule is the toughest as well as they face Burlington next followed by Sehome, Bellingham and Anacortes, three of the four on the road. The Sehome game will be Tuesday, October 9 at 4:30 at the Pipe. Get out there and yell.
Borderites roll to 4-1 with 35-10 win Friday
The pigskin was so slick it might as well still have been on the pig, but Blaine still came away with a convincing 35-19 victory over 2-A Sehome.
Playing on a rainy night in Civic Stadium, Blaine made Swiss cheese out of Sehome’s defense as Ben Bohnson and Casey McCabe combined for a little over four hundred yards rushing.
Blaine scored first for a change on a 23-yard touchdown run from Ben Bohnson. But the ever-generous Borderites also gave the ball up, giving Sehome an early 12-7 lead a minute and 25 seconds into the second quarter after the Mariners turned back to back fumbles into scoring opportunities. Blaine’s Casey McCabe scored two touchdowns mid-way through the quarter, the second on a 49-yard run, for a 21-13 Blaine lead that Sehome narrowed to21-19 just before the half.
McCabe opened the second half by setting up a Dylan Haines touchdown with a 65-yard run, and added a late score of his own on a 35-yard run for the 35-19 final. Patrick Mulholland was perfect with five PAT’s.
It was Blaine’s offensive line that stole the show as evidenced by the 405-yard rushing output almost exactly divided between running backs McCabe (206 yards) and Bohnson (199 yards).
That discipline will help Friday night as Blaine hosts the 4-1 Tigers of Burlington, a team that returns quarterback Kolby Arendse, receiver Jake Anderson and running back Stetson Shearer to a team that averaged over 30 points per game last year.
But Blaine can win this one, probably next to Lynden the toughest test they’ve faced this year, and with it secure advantageous position for the post-season. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Blaine High School stadium.
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