As the girls did their pre-game warm up on Friday, October 26, spectators were trying to stay warm. There was no wind or rain, just cool temperatures to remind everyone that it was almost November. By late afternoon, clouds were rolling in and it was getting dark.
Blaine’s ray of sunshine, senior front fielder Hope Wilkett, scored first at the 9:32 mark, warming up the Blaine fans. Wilkett received a pass from the ‘crafty with her feet’ senior Liz Berry. Wilkett received the ball at midfield and used her speed to outrace the Lynden Christian Lyncs’ defense toward the goal. Fifteen yards from the net, she pulled up, dipped a shoulder to the right, and faked a shot right, sending the Lyncs’ goaltender diving to her left. This left an easy shot for Wilkett, which she smoothly completed for the goal.
The Lyncs came right back as sophomore Sara Dougan kicked a ball with a hooking spin at the Blaine goalie. As it was starting to rain, Blaine’s goalkeeper, senior Anna Hewitt, got her hands on the ball but a combination of spin and wet goalie gloves allowed it to slip past into the net. The Lyncs scored again on freshman Haley Hollander with a goal at the 29:53 mark, taking a 2-1 lead into the half.
The Borderites came out shooting after the intermission. Excitement built when freshman Caitlyn Sharp strategically placed a pass to junior Olivia Olason, who fired a shot that hit the goalie and bounced back out. Following that play, Blaine freshman Ashley Quesada struck like a cobra and put the ball in the back of the net. The score was tied 2-2 at the 66:11 mark.
It was raining hard and neither team could generate enough offense to score again in regulation time. Overtime was played to no avail. Normally, the game would end at this point in a tie, but since this was a contest to determine seeding for entrance into district and then state finals, it went to a shootout.
Soccer uses a shootout similar to hockey – five girls from each team fire away from the preset spot at each other’s goalie. The advantage is really to the shooter, as the goalie has to guess which way the shot is going. The Lyncs’ put in one more shot than the Borderites, so the game went to them. Both teams will continue to play more games for seeding.