The Lynden Christian boys' soccer team lost 4-1 in the Championship game of the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament in Sammamish on Friday, May 10, but still advance to the State Tournament.
"It was a learning curve game for us," Lynden Christian coach Brent De Ruyter said in a phone interview. "Seattle Christian is a quality group with great team speed and a lot of skilled players and we just lacked communication on the first two goals and got ourselves in a hole and weren't able to recover from that."
The Lyncs (12-6-3) allowed two goals in the first 12 minutes and then a third in the 26th minute to fall behind 3-0 at halftime. They then allowed the fourth goal in the 66th minute.
Colin Robinson was able to finally put the Lyncs on the score sheet in the 77th minute off a pass from Toby Dalla Santa.
"We had some good chances and Colin's goal was an outstanding one off a great diagonal ball from Toby," De Ruyter said. "We will take some things away and at this level your mistakes are magnified. We just made too many verbally and mentally and great teams will bring that out of you. This will only help us."
De Ruyter said Dalla Santa played a great game even though he had a defender on him the entire game.
Brady Harvey had three saves in the effort for Lynden Christian.
The Lyncs will begin state tournament action on Wednesday, May 15, against an opponent to be determined.
SEATTLE CHRISTIAN 4, LYNDEN CHRISTAIN 1
Scoring: Goal: Josh Gehrke (SC), assist: Grant Fremmerlid, time: 3:00; Goal: Austin Baucom (SC), assist: Josh Gehrke, time: 12:00; Goal: Grant Fremmerlid (SC), assist: Trent Seidenburg, time: 26:00; Goal: Grant Fremmerlid (SC), assist: Keaton Kerr, time: 66:00; Goal: Colin Robinson (LC), assist: Toby Dalla Santa, time: 77:00. Shots on goal: SC 8; LC 6. Goalies (saves): SC: Conner Fremmerlid (2)/Andrew Gesell (4); LC: Brady Harvey (3).
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