One goal per half was enough to keep the Lady Borderites down in their 2-0 loss against the Burlington-Edison Tigers in girls’ soccer action on Tuesday afternoon. The win for the Tigers puts them at 3-0 in conference play and drops the Borderites to 1-2.
The Tigers took control of the game early, always keeping at least five ahead in shots on goal. The hands of Blaine’s sophomore goalkeeper Anna Hewitt kept most of the Tigers’ shots out of the net, but let one slip past going into the second half.
The second goal of the game came off of a Tigers free kick midway through the second half. The free kick went straight for the top crossbar of the goal out of Hewitt’s reach, deflected down, and was booted in by Burlington-Edison’s Holly Bradley to make it 2-0.
Both teams played a cleanly physical game, Blaine head coach Dan Steelquist said. He said playing against physical teams like the undefeated Burlington-Edison is something to which the Borderites need to adjust.
Steelquist said he was proud of the way his team came out to play against the always-skilled Tigers.
“We had threats all the way up the end,” he said.
The Borderites showed consistently strong pressure in the forward areas of the field, but needed to work on transitioning from offense to defense, Steelquist said. If the Lady B’s can improve their transitions before Thursday’s game at Lynden Christian, Steelquist said he thinks his team has a fighting chance to beat the 1-1 Lyncs.
“We’re not miles away,” he said. “We’re just about there.”
Lynden Christian was the first team the Borderites faced this season, and Blaine lost the match up 3-1 at home. The Lady B’s will travel to Lynden to take on Lynden Christian at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 23.