The Lyncs of Lynden Christian high school kept Blaine goalie Caspar Harezlak busy in Tuesday’s boys soccer game at the Pipeline fields, eventually securing a 2-0 win against the Borderites in their first game of the season.
Harezlak, a senior, pulled down 12 saves but let two through under heavy pressure from the Lyncs. Lynden Christian shooters fired off 23 shots on goal while the Borderites managed only one.
Blaine head coach Mike Couto said his team’s youth—seven of Blaine’s 16 varsity players are freshmen—and lack of soccer playing experience year-round may make this season tough for the team. Despite this, Couto had nothing but encouraging words to say about the team as a whole and Harezlak specifically.
The game started with neither team being completely dominant over the other.
The Lyncs were able to keep the ball in Blaine’s side of the field most of the time, but were not able net any shots. This was due mostly to kicks that went wide of the goal, though Harezlak pulled down a few key saves that kept the score tied at nil at halftime.
The Borderites started the second half with one shot on goal to the Lyncs’ eight. At the 59th minute, Lynden Christian’s Chad Heerspink managed to get one by Harezlak after heavy pressure by his teammates.
The score stayed 1-0 in the Lyncs’ favor until near the end of the game when Lynden Christian’s Alex Kooi bounced one off the crossbar out of Harezlak’s reach, putting the non-conference game out of reach for the Borderites.
Blaine next takes on Granite Falls on Thursday, March 17, at the Pipeline fields. The action starts at 4:30 p.m.
Photo by Jeremy Schwartz