University Prep's Blaine Thompson scored a hat trick and led his boys' soccer team over Nooksack Valley 3-1 on Saturday, March 29, at Nooksack Valley Elementary.
"We dominated the whole first half. We had a lot of shots, but we were taking long shots and didn't get close enough to take close shots," Noosack Valley coach Valentin Villalobos said in a phone interview. "In the second half we didn't come out as strong as in the first half, and they started scoring."
The Pioneers got their only goal in the final minute when Rigoberto Gonzales chipped a cross into the top corner.
"I don't think their keeper was expecting it," Villalobos said. "It was a really hard angle from where (Gonzales) was."
Nooksack Valley hosts Mount Baker at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Nooksack Valley Elementary.
UNIVERSITY PREP 3, NOOKSACK VALLEY 1
Goal: Blaine Thompson (University Prep) time: 34; Goal: Blaine Thompson (University Prep), time: 41; Goal: Blaine Thompson (University Prep), time: 48; Goal: Rigoberto Gonzales (Nooksack Valley), time: 80. Shots on goal: Nooksack Valley 13; University Prep 12. Goalies (saves) Nooksack Valley: Levi Van Wingerden (n/a); University Prep: n/a (n/a).