It took a hat trick and a comeback, but Blaine girls' soccer escaped with a narrow win over Nooksack Valley, 4-3, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Blaine. Olivia Olason had three goals and an assist for the Borderites.
The Pioneers had a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half, but Blaine turned it on for three consecutive goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half.
"(At halftime) I told them we knew the potential they had, and reminded them how they should have played in the first half," Blaine coach Kelly Tuski said in a phone interview.
Nooksack Valley tied it up in the 65th minute when Tori VandeHoef scored on a free kick, but Blaine won the game in the 70th minute when Olason completed her hat trick with the final goal.
Blaine's next game is at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, at Anacortes. Nooksack Valley's next match is at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Nooksack Elementary against Mount Baker.
BLAINE 4, NOOKSACK 3
Goal: Brittany Passe (Nooksack Valley), time: 5; Goal: Tori VandeHoef (Nooksack Valley), time: 20; Goal: Ashley Quesada (Blaine), assist Olivia Olason: time: 41; Goal: Olivia Olason (Blaine), assist Lexi McElwain: time: 46. Goal: Olivia Olason (Blaine), assist Caylie Sharp: time: 51. Goal: Tori VandeHoef (Nooksack Valley), time: 65. Goal: Olivia Olason (Blaine), assist Emily Roe: time: 70. Shots on goal: Blaine 15; Nooksack Valley 10. Goalies (saves) Blaine: Fallon Puckett (2), Rhiana Breedlove (5); Nooksack Valley: Ariana Leyba (2), CheyannaMaxwell (5).