Blaine girls varsity soccer lost a pair of close games to bigger conference rivals Lynden and Ferndale over the past week.
The losses make Blaine’s record 2–3–1.
Blaine goalkeeper Krystin Kamrath’s athletic saves and a determined defense led by Sydney Thrall held Ferndale (3–2–1) scoreless for most of a September 24 game at Phillips 66 Soccer Park.
The Borderites roughly matched Ferndale in ball possession, but Ferndale had six shots on goal – twice as many as Blaine. Ferndale finally got one by Kamrath with 10 minutes left.
“It was a hard loss because it was 1–0 in the end,” Blaine head coach Gio Quesada said. “The defense looked solid. This year the team is moving the ball really well. The transition between defense and attack is going really well.”
At home on September 19, Blaine took the lead with an early goal against Lynden (6–0–0), but the Lions answered it with a goal minutes later.
Lynden scored two more in the second half.
The games against two of the top conference teams gave Kamrath, Blaine’s sophomore goalkeeper, plenty of action.
“She had a lot of good saves,” Quesada said. “She’s really consistent and she has improved a lot.”
Next, Blaine hosts Bellingham (0–2–4) at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26.