Butschli leads Blaine soccer to conference win

Published on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 by Ian Ferguson

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Blaine broke a seven-game losing streak by defeating Nooksack Valley on their home turf April 12.

With four goals off the foot of junior striker Nick Butschli and one from Danny Thorpe, Blaine put forth its best offensive showing of the season since facing Nooksack Valley on March 14. Blaine won that game 7–2.

In a rainy Northwest Conference (NWC) match at Nooksack Valley Elementary, Blaine keeper Bud Halldorson held Nooksack Valley to three points, all scored by Luke VanWingerden.

Scoring went back and forth, with VanWingerden netting the first goal 22 minutes into the game. Thorpe responded a minute later with a goal, followed by Butschli who drove in the next two points in minutes 48 and 59. Van Wingerden scored in the 66th minute, then Butschli scored his third and fourth goals in the 67th and 72nd minutes. Van Wingerden completed his hat trick in minute 75, but Blaine held on to the lead to win 5–3.

Halldorson made 11 saves to carry the game.

“Butschli did a good job of positioning himself near the goal and finishing great passes played in by the wings and midfielders,” said head coach Mike Couto. “He also had a beautiful corner kick on his last goal that sailed into the corner of the net.” 

Cuoto added that the work of Christian Sharp and the defenders played a key role in limiting the offensive production of Van Wingerden.

Blaine lost their next game at Sehome on April 15 7–0. The Borderites (1–7 NWC) played Squalicum (3–2 NWC) at home April 17 (after press time). 

Check our website at thenorthernlight.com/bhs-sports-schedule for scores. Their next game is at home against Mount Baker on Friday, April 19.