Blaine Borderites prep girls' soccer capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 13, 2013 

BLAINE

BORDERITES

Coach: Kelly Tuski

Last year: Finished third in the Class 1A NWC standings with a conference record of 3-5-4. ... Ended season after going 1-2 in the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament, finishing 7-11-4 overall.

Players to watch: Olivia Olason (sr., M); Lexi McElwain (sr., M); Ashley Quesada (so., F); Gretchen Kordas (jr., D); Emily Roe (jr., D); Fallon Puckett (So., GK)

Outlook: It's not only Blaine's returning players that has new Blaine coach Kelly Tuski excited for the new season. It's the work the Borderites are putting in during preseason training. "We're in the process of building a really strong, unified team between both JV and varsity," Tuski said. "We've been working toward pushing each other as hard as we can, so when we take the field, we can give it everything we have." Five seniors graduated from last year's tri-district tournament club, but despite the loss of graduated leading goal scorers Liz Berry (12 goals) and Hope Wilkett (12), the Borderites return a talented 2013 group. Though Tuski can "see strength all over the field," Olivia Olason's and Lexi McElwain's presence in the middle third gives Blaine a strong senior duo to build around. Junior defenders Emily Roe and Gretchen Kordas will be counted on to anchor the back line, and Tuski is excited for what first-year starting keeper Fallon Puckett can bring to the position. Olason, who scored nine goals last year, is Blaine's top returning offensive producer, and speedy Ashley Quesada returns after scoring five goals as a freshman. Tuski believes her club will thrive thanks to team play and different combinations on the field, rather than individual skill.

2013 ROSTER

No. Player Yr. Pos.

1 Fallon Puckett So. GK

2 Caitlyn Sharp So. F

3 Ashley Quesada So. F

4 Gretchen Kordas Jr. D

5 Rhiana Breedlove Sr. M

7 Mackenna Magner So. M

8 Emily Roe Jr. D

9 Caylie Sharp So. D

10 Olivia Olason Sr. M

11 Jessica Belding Jr. D

12 Makayah Veliz So. M

13 Lexi McElwain Sr. M

16 Kaitlyn Diamond So. M

17 Bianca Rodriguez Fr. F

2013 SCHEDULE

Sept. 10 Sultan 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 at Nooksack Valley 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 at Granite Falls Noon

Sept. 17 at Burlington-Edison 6 p.m.

Sept. 19 Lynden Christian* 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 Nooksack Valley* 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 26 at Anacortes* 6 p.m.

Oct. 1 Bellingham* 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 Ferndale* 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 8 at Meridian* 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 10 Sehome* 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Squalicum* (Northwest) 4 p.m.

Oct. 17 at Mount Baker* 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 19 Friday Harbor 11 a.m.

Oct. 22 Lynden* 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 at Sedro-Woolley* 6 p.m.

*NWC match

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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