Sam Nault has seven goals in the two Borderite wins so far this year to begin a season that shows promise and challenge.
They’ve dropped games at Lynden and Anacortes and lost to Ferndale and Burlington at home before beating Meridian at home and burying Sultan 7-4 on the road to go 2-4 so far on the season. Nault has eight of the team’s 13 goals scored so far, and as every standout player needs, she’s getting good support from a team that’s rapidly improving and is as cohesive as superglue.
Last Thursday Nault hammered at Meridian relentlessly, getting a natural hat trick (three goals without any other intervening scores) before scoring again early in the second half.
Her third goal came after an offensive flurry in which two of her shots bounced off the goal posts, one of them ricocheting off the top bar and then straight to the ground just outside the line as if shot from a cannon.
She had good support from the fast and willowy forward Hope Wilkett as well as the rest of the team, who hustled and kept the ball in the offensive end giving Nault a smorgasbord of opportunities. Blaine had 11 shots on goal and keeper Anna Hewitt had four saves.
Last Saturday at Sultan, a small town that has a very active youth soccer program and whose team can never be taken for granted, Blaine scored almost at will, going up 4-nil with 13 minutes left in the first half. Nault drew first blood at the seventh and sixteenth minutes, assisted by amber Johnson and Chanel Colinares.
Maria Swansen scored unassisted at 22 minutes and then Hope Wilkett scored at 27 minutes, assisted by Emily Flint. Bethany Dahl scored on her own in the thirty-third minute and then it was halftime. Cassy Richardson, assisted by Lindsey Jackson, and Sam Nault both scored in the second half. Anna Hewitt saved five of the nine shots on goal aimed in her direction.
Tuesday Blaine ran into defense-mined Burlington, losing 3-0 without getting a single shot on goal. Still, Blaine was poised and organized throughout, not suffering the disintegration that often comes when facing a defense like Burlington’s, which so far this year has allowed just four goals in six games.
The Lady B’s next face Ferndale on Thursday, September 24, followed by two more road games before returning home to face Lynden next Tuesday, October 6.