Lynden Christian girls' soccer was even with Cedar Park Christian all throughout its Class 1A Tri-District first-round game, but one team had to win. Cedar Park Christian came out on top, defeating LC 2-2 (5-3 PK) on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Juanita High School.
Sally Vlas and Courtney Hollander each had a goal and an assist for the Lyncs, who were eliminated with the loss.
"(Vlas and Hollander) were really connecting well the whole match, not just on the two goals," Lynden Christiain coach Brent De Ruyter said in a phone interview. "We were getting numbers forward well and made some good adjustments in the second half."
The Lyncs switched to a 4-4-2 formation in the second half, hoping for more offensive opportunities, which came as Lynden Christian outshot Cedar Park Christian 14-8.
"We had a really good chance in overtime on a bounce that Sally just barely clipped over the goalkeeper," De Ruyter said. "Most of our girls played about 80-90 minutes, and they all did a really great job."
Despite all the offensive chances, Cedar Park Christian continued to keep the Lyncs from scoring. Cedar Park Christian goalkeeper CC Fazio led the defense with 10 saves in the game.
De Ruyter was impressed with his teams defense as well, led by goalkeeper Daphnee Manderson's six saves.
"Shelby Brown and Sara Dougan did a fantastic job shutting down Cedar Park Christian's three big attackers," he added. "We did a great job communicating and winning balls."
Cedar Park Christian moves on to face Seattle Christian on Nov. 7.
Cedar Park 2, Lyden Christian 2 (5-3 PK)
Goal: Sally Vlas (Lynden Christian), assist Courtney Hollander: time: 29; Goal: McKenzie Mills (Cedar Park), assist Kristen Barclay: time: 38; Goal: Michelle Mayer (Cedar Park), time: 40; Goal: Courtney Hollander (Lydnen Christian), assist Sally Vlas: time: 71. Shots on goal: Lynden Christian 14; Cedar Park 8. Goalies (saves) Lynden Christian: Daphnee Manderson (6); Cedar Park: CC Fazio (10).