Jordan Birnel scores first varsity goal in Trojans loss

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 22, 2014 

SEDRO-WOOLLEY 3, MERIDIAN 1

Meridian boys' soccer let in two early goals and fell to Sedro-Woolley 3-1 on Saturday, March 22, at Sedro-Woolley High School.

The loss was well played by the Trojans, who were applauded by their coach, Joe Spencer, for the effort.

"I saw a lot of fight and commitment," Spencer said in a phone interview. "Every half, we're trying to get better. Sedro's a fantastic team so we had to be organized and very focused. Our kids did a good job of that."

The Cubs got two goals in the first 15 minutes and added a goal in the 56th minute. But Jordan Birnel spoiled the Cubs' shutout in the 28th minute with his first varsity goal. He was assisted by his brother, Jake, on the play.

"It was a free kick and it bounced around," Spencer said. "He was right where he was supposed to be and he hit it hard and low."

Alan Eyoub was recognized by Spencer as a solid contributor in the game.

"He played so hard," Spencer said. "He was all over the field and definitely commited. We fed off his energy."

Meridian plays Lynden on Monday, March 24, for the Trojans first Northwest Conference game.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY 3, MERIDIAN 1

Goal: Ness Camacho (SW): time: 8; Goal: Kyle Witzel (SW), assist Ness Camacho: time: 15; Goal: Jordan Birnel (Meridian), assist Jake Birnel: time: 28; Goal: Kris Swanson(SW), time: 56.

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