SEDRO-WOOLLEY - The Lynden boys' soccer team has recorded four ties in conference play this year and six overall.
The Lions were less than two minutes away from recording yet another in their regular-season finale at Sedro-Woolley, and that would have been enough.
For once, a tie would have been just as good as win - it would have gotten the Lions into the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament.
But Cubs sophomore midfielder Obed Camacho ripped the rug right out from under Lynden with his goal less than 10 seconds after the scoreboard clock had stopped with just two minutes remaining, lifting Sedro-Woolley to a 3-2 victory on Monday, April 29, and sending the Cubs to the postseason instead.
"We lost two games in league, which is obviously decent," Lynden coach Drew Smiley said. "We just had some bad ties, and that's what cost us."
As did the tie that never happened.
Lynden (7-3-6, 6-2-4 NWC) saw its season draw to a close with the loss, coupled with Burlington-Edison's 4-0 win over Sehome.
Sedro-Woolley (10-4-2, 7-3-2), which entered Monday needing a win to earn a playoff spot, got it and heads to the district tournament as the NWC's No. 4 seed thanks to Camacho's late-game heroics.
Camacho got the ball in space on the right side of Lynden's box. He worked his way around a defender, and then sent a nice cross-goal shot that found the back of the net.
"It was a good finish, that's all I know," Smiley said of the goal. "We didn't get a very good angle from here. It's rough."
To celebrate, Camacho raced along Lynden's sideline with his finger to his mouth, first silencing the Lynden faithful who had made the trip, then slowing as he strolled past the Lynden bench.
Lynden had one last good shot to earn the tie before the final whistle sounded, but Cubs goaltender Michael Moser snatched a header Isaac Bogart put on net in the final minute, and Sedro-Woolley was able to run out the clock on the Lions' season.
Lynden scored first just 100 seconds into the game, when Arturo Torres fed Jordan Hernandez for an open look at the goal off a throw-in play.
But for some reason, Lynden seemed to stall out after that, as it was out shot 10-2 the rest of the half.
The Cubs responded with goals from Kyle Witzel and Jackson Price in the 17th and 38th minutes, respectively, to take a 2-1 lead.
"We jumped out early, and then we just tried to keep the ball," Smiley said. "We lost the ball in the middle field and the tides turn. Two bad goals, really."
Lynden quickly turned the tables in the second half, though, when Bogart banged in a second-chance goal less than 90 seconds after halftime to tie the game 2-2.
That goal seemed to inspire the Lions, who kept the attack up, generating numerous scoring opportunities.
Two of them nearly connected, as Logan Smith narrowly missed on a free kick just 1 yard outside the penalty box with 10 minutes to play in the game, and Moser made a nice save on a drive Torres put on net nearly 90 seconds later.
That kept the Cubs in the game and allowed Camacho a chance to end the Lions' season.
Lynden lists six seniors on its roster, including Bogart, Hernandez, Smith and Torres.
Reach David Rasbach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-715-2286.
SEDRO-WOOLLEY 3, LYNDEN 2
Scoring: Goal: Jordan Hernandez (Lynden), assist: Arturo Torres, time: second minute. Goal: Kyle Witzel (Sedro-Woolley), assist: Nef Camacho, time: 17th minute. Goal: Jackson Price (Sedro-Woolley), assist: Camacho, time: 38th minute. Goal: Isaac Bogart (Lynden), time: 42nd minute. Goal: Obed Camacho (Sedro-Woolley), time: 78th minute. Shots on goal ? Lynden 10, Sedro-Woolley 15. Goalies (saves) ? Lynden: Hector Gutierrez (12), Sedro-Woolley: Michael Moser (8).
Reach DAVID RASBACH at email@example.com or call 715-2271.