BELLINGHAM - Squalicum freshman Kim Hazlett was so enthusiastic about getting an ideal pass for her first varsity goal, she said she forgot to point to her brother in the stands.
She didn't forget the second time.
She became the first player on the Storm's deep roster to score two goals in the same game as Squalicum claimed a 6-0 Northwest Conference victory over young Lynden on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Civic Stadium.
From the Storm's standpoint, it was ideal preparation for a vital NWC game against defending champion Sehome on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Civic.
Hazlett - who earned her first start at striker in the previous game - pointed with joy after her second goal to sophomore Clark Hazlett, who returned the recognition. Kim's score, a straight-on power shot, came on a cross from Leigha Schjelderup, one of three starting Storm seniors.
Kim Hazlett was especially excited that it's been a September as fine as the weather for the Hazlett siblings. Kim, a fleet frontliner, has been a big part of the Storm's 3-0-1 overall record and 2-0 start in the NWC, and Clark, a sophomore quarterback, has helped the Storm to a 3-0 football start.
"On the first goal, I felt good because I really got a great ball (on a cross) from Julia DeVere," said Kim Hazlett, whose initial score came on an artistic angle power shot six minutes into the game. "I really look up to my brother, so I was happy to get that second goal. We talk a lot of smack at home."
Three minutes later, Lauren Wallace, a senior co-captain and leader of the back-line defense, scored on a penalty kick. Seven minutes after that, sophomore Sarah Bryon scored, but that didn't keep the Lions (2-4, 0-3) from playing hard without any senior starters.
Even though the score doesn't show it, Lynden junior Alyssa Olson had numerous good moments in goal. The Storm peppered her with 23 shots and she responded with 14 saves, several of the highly challenging variety.
Kim Dorr, a freshman midfielder who starts along with sister Rachel, a freshman defender, is excited to be helping build something good.
"We have a lot of upper classmen who have been very welcoming, so it's been easy to blend in," Kim Dorr said of the three starting freshmen.
Kim Hazlett agreed.
"I have a great feeling about this team," Hazlett said. "Our seniors are amazing."
One of those seniors, defender and co-captain Andrea DeVere, found a way to assist on junior midfielder Lizzy Herda's goal in the 68th minute. Schjelderup earned her second assist in the last minute when Kim Dorr scored her second goal with a long power shot off the bar.
Storm coach David Kish said what made him happiest was seeing the team respond to its practice sessions.
"Everything we're working on in practice is starting to come through in the games," said Kish, whose two goalies, junior Lauren Eckert and sophomore Shelby Spooner, saw their defense play so effectively that they were not called on to make a save.
Sophomore Jackie Dierdorff joined Wallace, Rachel Dorr and Andrea DeVere with a stifling back-line effort. Starting midfielders Julia DeVere, Kim Dorr, Michelle Saunders and Schjelderup enabled the Storm to play the vast majority of the game on Lynden's side of the field. Kish, who played everyone who was available, said the backups also contributed a spirited effort.
Kish said Kim Hazlett has outstanding offensive potential.
"Kim is just tenacious, with a great work rate," Kish said. "We had six different girls score our seven goals in the first three games, so she's the first to have two goals in the same game this season."
The Lions will seek their first league victory on Thursday, Sept. 20, against Burlington-Edison at Bender Fields.
SQUALICUM 6, LYNDEN 0
Scoring: Goal: Kim Hazlett; assist: Julia DeVere, time: 6:00; Goal: Lauren Wallace, penalty kick, time: 9:00; Goal: Sarah Byron; time: 16:00; Goal: Kim Hazlett; assist: Leigha Schjelderup; time: 43:00; Goal: Lizzy Herda; assist: Andrea DeVere; time: 68:00; Goal: Kim Dorr; assist: Schjelderup; time: 79:00. Shots on goal: Lynden 2, Squalicum 23. Goalkeepers (saves): Lynden: Alyssa Olson (13); Squalicum, Shelby Spooner (0), Lauren Eckert (0).