The Meridian boys' soccer team opened up its season with a 2-1 victory over Blaine in non-conference action Tuesday, March 12, at Meridian High School.
Junior Castro notched the Trojans' first goal in the ninth minute off an assist by Tomas Alvarado to take a 1-0 lead. The pair was at it again the next minute, with Alvarado scoring off an assist from Castro to take an early 2-0 lead.
"It was a nice give and go on both goals," Meridian coach Joe Spencer said in a phone interview. "They're getting better and better playing together."
Blaine's Nick Butschli scored the Borderites' lone goal in the 39th minute.
The Trojans (1-0) travel to Anacortes on Thursday, March 14, while Blaine (0-1) hosts Nooksack Valley at Pipeline Fields the same day.
MERIDIAN 2, BLAINE 1
Scoring: Goal: Junior Castro (Meridian), assist: Tomas Alvarado, time: 9:00; Goal: Tomas Alvarado (Meridian), assist: Junior Castro, time: 10:00; Goal: Nick Butschli (Blaine), time: 39:00. Shots on goal: Blaine NA; Meridian NA. Goalies (saves): Blaine: Bud Halldorsen (NA); Meridian: Patrick Carlson (NA).