Blaine tops Nooksack Valley thanks to blocked penalty kick

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 19, 2014 

Blaine goalkeeper Tristan Hunter saved an early penalty kick and the Borderites staged a second-half comeback to top Nooksack Valley's boys' soccer team 2-1 on Wednesday, March 19, at Nooksack Valley.

Hunter made the diving penalty save in the 18th minute after a sliding tackle in the box gave the Pioneers' Jesus Martinez a shot. Martinez would net a goal in the 32nd minute to put Nooksack Valley up going into the half.

After halftime, Blaine's Nick Butschli scored a goal in the 51st minute, and Kai Griffin netted the game-winner in the 72nd minute.

"It was a really exciting game, very even on both sides," Blaine coach Giovanni Quesada said in a phone interview. "We came back and dominated after Butschli scored. The defense was solid, there was a lot of communication."

Blaine's next game is at Lynden Christian at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Bender Fields. Nooksack Valley takes on Mount Baker at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, on the road.

BLAINE 2, NOOKSACK VALLEY 1

Goal: Jesus Martinez (Nooksack Valley), assist Rigoberto Gonzalez: time: 32; Goal: Nick Butschli (Blaine), assist John Cochran: time: 51; Goal: Kai Griffin (Blaine), assist Kyle Sentkowski: time: 72. Shots on goal: Blaine 11; Nooksack Valley 6. Goalies (saves) Blaine: Tristan Hunter (4); Nooksack Valley: Alex Miranda (6).

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