It was a windy afternoon on Tuesday, October 15, and the chill from the Fraser Valley found its way to Bender Field. Rain fell slightly and a rainbow was present most of the Borderites game against the Lynden Lyons.
The pot of gold associated with this beautiful sight seemed to belong to the Lyons. They took a commanding three point first-half lead. The Borderites seemed like they were on cruise control after winning two games in a row over Mount Baker and Friday Harbor.
Blaine’s only ray of sunshine in the first half came at the 33-minute mark when junior midfielder Olivia Olason scored on an assist from senior forward Liz Berry.
“We fell behind on some defensive lapses and breaks that did not go our way,” said assistant coach Shawn Statham. Although the Borderites had been playing well lately, you cannot do that against a bigger school from 2A classification, such as Lynden, and expect to survive. The half ended with Blaine down three goals to one.
Head coach Dan Steelquist must have given a rousing pep talk at the break because the tide was turned in the second half. After a quick score by the Lyons, Blaine went on the offensive. At the 60-minute mark (of the 80-minute contest) freshman midfielder Ashley Quesada scored and Liz Berry got the assist.
Both of Berry’s passes were crisp and well placed for her fellow teammates to put it into the goal. Blaine was only down two goals and Berry was still on the attack. Being the bride rather than the bridesmaid, she scored the next two goals. The first came at the 68-minute mark, the second at the 74-minute mark on a rebound shot right in front of the goal following a corner kick by Olsen. This beauty tied the score four- all, and it stayed that way.
Lexus Smiley and Jamie Smits are credited for all four Lyon goals. Earning one point for a tie, the Borderites advanced to the district playoffs.
The Borderites also defeated Sedro-Woolley in a 6-2 matchup on October 18.