Baker's three unanswered goals good enough

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 12, 2014 

Mount Baker's boys' soccer team scored three unanswered goals to top Meridian 3-1 in a Northwest Conference match on Saturday, April 12, at Meridian.

Colby Smith scored after a scramble in the box in the second minute for Meridian, giving the Trojans an early spark.

"We were pretty excited and motivated," Meridian coach Joe Spencer said in a phone interview. "The first 10 minutes, we played great. But then we put it in cruise control."

The relaxed Meridian Trojans allowed three unanswered goals, two before the end of the half, to relinquish the lead to the Mountaineers (5-4-0, 4-1-0 NWC). All four goals in the game were created by "hustle and heart," Spencer said.

"It was one of those games where Mount Baker out-hustled us and played harder than us," Spencer said. "We created plenty of chances. They just played harder than we did. So it was disappointing on our end."

Meridian (1-8-0, 1-5-0 NWC) will hope to get back on the right track on Thursday, April 17, against Blaine at home.

"We need a couple days to sort this out," Spencer said. "We will sort things out on Monday. We'll reorganize and regroup and hopefully come back strong."

MOUNT BAKER 3, MERIDIAN 1

Goal: Colby Smith (Meridian), time: 2; Goal: No. 5 (MB), time: 20; Goal: No. 7 (MB), time: 38; Goal: No. 3 (Team), time: 71.

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