The Lynden Christian girls' soccer team fell to King's 3-1 on Friday, Nov. 1, in a semifinal matchup in the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament at King's High School.
Despite the loss, the Lyncs still earned a bid to the tri-district tournaments, and play South Whidbey on Saturday, Nov. 2, for seeding purposes.
King's Suzanne Konswa gave the Knights the lead in the 30th minute off an unassisted goal. Beth Stella added a goal seven minutes later off an assist from Anna Parker to put King's ahead 2-0.
"It was a real battle," Lynden Christian coach Brent De Ruyter said in a phone interview. "Two good teams (were) really battling it out on the field."
Stella would score her second goal of the match in the 48th minute to round out the Knights' scoring efforts. Sara Dougan would score Lynden Christian's lone goal in the 73rd minute off a free kick.
"We had some great opportunities; we just couldn't capitalize on them," De Ruyter said. "One just missed in the first half that would have really gotten us going."
Lynden Christian will face a South Whidbey team that gave up four goals to Meridian on Friday. Nevertheless, De Ruyter would still like to see his team improve on finishing good opportunities.
"Our first touch has to be better," he said. "A couple of times, we let our first touch get away from us."
Sally Vlas, who recorded a hat trick in Lynden Christian's first-round win over Mount Baker, was held scoreless, but did a good job of creating opportunities for her teammates, De Ruyter added.
KINGS 3, LYDNEN CHRISTIAN 1
Goal: Suzanne Konswa (King's), assist NA: time: 30:00; Goal: Beth Stella (King's), assist Anna Parker: time: 37:00; Goal: Beth Stella (King's), assist NA: time: 48:00; Goal: Sara Dougan (Lynden Christian), assist NA: time: 73:00. Shots on goal: King's 7; LC 8. Goalies (saves) Kings: Madeline Nielson (6); LC: Daphnee Manderson (6).