The Lynden Christian girls' soccer team opened the season the right way with a 3-1 non-conference victory over Lynden on Monday, Sept. 9, at Lynden Christian.
Lynden had the first goal of the afternoon as Bailee Mulder had an unassisted goal in the 47th minute.
Lynden Christian coach Brent De Ruyter said the start of the game proved it was the start of the season.
"It was just the typical first 40 minute jitters - the teams trying to figure each other out," De Ruyter said in a phone interview. "It wasn't for a lack of chances. Both teams had shots on goal."
LC took over from there. Courtney Hollander scored on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute to even the score, Kristen Zoerink scored an unassisted goal for the Lyncs in the 59th minute and Sara Dougan added the final goal on a penalty kick in the 70th minute.
De Ruyter praised his team's abilities to make adjustments during the game and had high praise for the play of Zoerink, one of the Lyncs' 10 seniors.
Kristen had a fantastic game - the best game of her career," De Ruyter said. "She really looked comfortable out there. She's really shown she's an intelligent player and not just a skill player."
Lynden Christian had a 13-6 shots on goal advantage over Lynden.
The Lions goalie Emily Holt had eight saves in goal and Karibeth Englesma had seven for the Lyncs.
Lynden plays at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at La Conner and Lynden Christian hosts Sehome at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in an Northwest Conference matchup.
LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 3, LYNDEN 1
Goal: Bailee Mulder (Lynden): time: 47; Goal: Courtney Hollander (LC): time: 52; Goal: Kristen Zoerink (LC): time: 59; Goal: Sara Dougan (LC): time: 70. Shots on goal: Lynden 6; LC 13. Goalies (saves) Lynden: Emily Holt (8); LC: Karibeth Englesma (7).