Controversial late goal lifts Borderites

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 17, 2014 

Blaine's boys' soccer team scored a late heartbreaker to give the Borderites a 1-0 win over Meridian on Thursday, April 17, at Meridian High School.

Zack Oakley netted the controversial goal in the 82nd minute of an 80-minute match.

"For whatever reason, the referee gave extra stoppage time," Meridian coach Joe Spencer said in a phone interview. "The kids were shocked. It was an even, hard-fought battle. Both teams played very hard. It was a 50-50 game."

Oakley's goal came after the ball bounced around in the box, the goalie came off the line and all Oakley had to do was slot it past him.

"It was truly a good game to watch. It was just an unlucky bounce at end," Spencer said. "We were trying some different things, so I was hesitant going in. But everyone in the back worked their tails off. It was good to see."

Blaine (4-4-2, 2-4-1 NWC) faces Sehome on Monday, April 21, at Pipeline Fields. Meridian (1-9-0, 1-6-0 NWC) plays Friday Harbor on Saturday, April 19, at home.

BLAINE 1, MERIDIAN 0

Goal: Zack Oakley (Blaine), time: 82.

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