After a mediocre first half, the Lady Borderites battled back in the second to pull ahead of the Meridian Trojans by two goals, only to have Tuesday’s girls’ soccer game end in a 3-3 tie at Pipeline Field.
The Trojans struck first early in the first half, with a shot that streaked just past the hands of sophomore goalkeeper Anna Hewitt. The Lady B’s floundered a bit leading into the second half, but Blaine went into halftime with 1-1 tie after a goal by senior forward Samantha Nault, her 10th of the season.
The Borderites came into the second half a brand new team. Head coach Dan Steelquist told his girls during halftime that, with the score tied at 1, all they had left to play was a 40-minute game.
“[Blaine] was trying to find their legs in the first half,” Steelquist said. “But they were a whole different team in the second half.”
Borderite sophomore midfielder Hope Wilkett gave her team their second score of the game early in the second half after exhibiting strong control of the ball on Meridian’s side of the field.
Blaine’s third goal came of the chest of a seemingly surprised senior forward Katey Conway. Conway was able to aim the ball to the right of Meridian’s goalkeeper after a Borderite corner kick.
Meridian, however, did not give Blaine much time to celebrate their 3-1 lead. The Trojans managed to score two goals late into the second half, one of which was scored in stoppage time necessitated by an injured Meridian player earlier in the game.
Though Blaine came away with a tie, Steelquist said he has seldom been more proud of his team than he was for their play in the second half. He said his team has every reason to look forward to their game against Bellingham on Thursday.
The Borderites will host the Bellingham Red Raiders at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 7, at Pipeline Field.