Bellingham's girls' soccer team opened up its season with a 2-0 win over Marysville-Getchell on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Northwest Fields.
Morgan Jones scored the Red Raiders' first goal in the 41st minute on an 18-yard strike.
"Morgan Jones had a goal-of-the-century-type goal," Bellingham coach Mark Wright said in a phone interview. "She one-touched it into the upper corner of the net on a line. It was beautiful."
Bellingham controlled the ball in the second half much better than it did in the first, Wright added, saying his offense kept the pressure on Marsyville-Getchell much more as the game progressed.
"We had a few more chances than they did, but they had chances, too," Wright said.
Hannah Jacobus had nine saves, and the Red Raiders' defense held the Chargers at bay for a majority of the contest.
The opening-game win was the first time in a few years Bellingham tasted victory this early in the season, Wright said.
"It's great because ... the only real reward is to get out and win the game," he said.
Bellingham (1-0) hosts Ferndale Thursday, Sept. 12, at Northwest Fields.
BELLINGHAM 2, MARYSVILLE-GETCHELL 0
Goal: Morgan Jones (Bellingham), assist: Cashel Vincent, time: 41:00; Goal: Mia Hodges (Bellingham), assist: Mary Dyrland, time: 69:00. Shots on goal: Marysville-Getchell 9; Bellingham 8. Goalies (saves) Marysville-Getchell: Rylee Shear (6); Bellingham: Hannah Jacobus (9).