Lynden Christian tops Meridian for first place

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 22, 2013 

The Lynden Christian girls' soccer team defeated Meridian 2-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in a Class 1A Northwest Conference matchup at Meridian High School.

With the win, the Lyncs (9-3-2, NWC 7-3-1) hold the tiebreak over Meridian (11-3-1, NWC 7-3-1) after defeating the Trojans.

Sierra De Vries scored the Lyncs' first goal in the 30th minute off an assist from Sally Vlas. Just two minutes later, Livi Vander Griend got a feed from Vlas again to take a 2-0 lead.

"I don't know where normal Meridian soccer was today, but it wasn't here," Meridian coach Andrea Ames said in a phone interview. "That wasn't our normal team."

Haley Belanger scored Meridian's lone goal in the 63rd minute.

"It wasn't our worst game, but probably in our top three," Ames said.

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 2, MERIDIAN 1

Goal: Sierra De Vries (LC), assist Sally Vlas: time: 30:00; Goal: Livi Vander Griend (LC), assist Sally Vlas: time: 32:00; Goal: Haley Belanger (Meridian), assist NA: time: 63:00. Shots on goal: LC 10; Meridian 8. Goalies (saves) LC: Daphnee Manderson (6); Meridian: Sydney Gospodinovich (4).

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