Seniors Randi Roose and Bries Nolasco set the tone early for the Lady Borderites 9-2 rally win over Mount Baker Monday night, as each scored a goal in the first 10 minutes of the senior night game. Both forwards would go on to score hat tricks in their last regular season home game of their high school soccer career.
The Borderites came into the game on the back of a home win against Lynden Christian. Leading up to that win, the girls had lost four games in a row and were in a drought for goals, scoring only one in those four games. Head coach Gio Quesada said the girls got their confidence back this week, and just in time, as they have only two away games left in the regular season.
“I think the girls handled the pressure really well,” Quesada said. “The last two games, I see a lot of confidence in them.”
The Borderites certainly started confidently as Roose notched a goal within 90 seconds.
In the opening minutes of the game, Blaine drove into the Mountaineers half building up possession from the back into midfield and then looking for through balls in behind to the forwards or wingers. One of those balls found Nolasco in behind, who cut back onto her right just outside the box to curl the ball over and around the Mount Baker goalkeeper.
Halfway through the first half the girls had a commanding 4-0 lead and Quesada began to empty the bench to get the nonstarters playing time.
The Borderites would continue to build from the back, even using senior goalkeeper Krystin Kamrath to switch the play, while the Mountaineers played on the counterattack. They would eventually break through Blaine’s defense in the second half but it was too little too late.
Quesada said he would have liked to have kept a clean sheet but saw it more important to give all the girls some playing time. “I won’t say it’s OK, but when you give everyone playing time it will happen,” he said. “You got to give it to Mount Baker, they scored a really good goal. They didn’t put their heads down, and that’s good to see.”
With a total of 11 goals, home fans were treated to an electric senior night and last regular home game of the season. Next year’s wave of seniors scored the three remaining Blaine goals, with juniors Ava Curtright, Kristina Roby and Evellina Yuryev all finding the net.
The Lady Borderites will travel to Nooksack Valley Thursday, October 21, and then Lynden Tuesday, October 26. Both games are at 4:30 p.m.
Blaine is 7-6 this season with two games left to play.
Blaine football suffered a 48-14 defeat on the road at Mount Baker Saturday evening. The game, which was postponed for a day due to a power outage, started quick as the home team would grab a 21-0 lead shortly into the second quarter.
The Borderites clawed their way back into the game with quarterback Avery Dohner finding Scott Baldwin and Anden Holley for two short touchdown passes. At halftime, the boys trailed 21-14 – in reach of the Mountaineers. But it was not to be.
Early into the third quarter Mount Baker picked off a Dohner pass and returned it untouched. The Borderites would not find a way back, failing to score in the second half of the game.
Jaxon Kortlever led Blaine in receiving with six receptions for 107 yards, all of which were in the first half.
The loss came on the back of a 36-13 homecoming win over Shorewood.
The Borderites will travel to Meridian Saturday, October 23, with two games left to play in the regular season. The game is at 5 p.m. Blaine is 3-2 so far this season.
Statistics and play-by-play thanks to whatcompreps.com.
Girls volleyball are on a dry spell with four games in a row lost in straight sets. Hopefully, the Lady Borderites can turn it around with three games left this season.
They are scheduled to travel to Nooksack Valley Thursday, October 21, and then to Lynden Monday, October 25. The girls will host their last game of the season, where they will play Burlington-Edison Wednesday, October 27. All games are at 7 p.m.
Blaine is 3-9 this season.
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