Posted by Joshua Hart on March 28, 2015
The boys’ soccer season is about six games in for most teams and there’s plenty to note from the early going. Here are five things I’ve noticed thus far:
1. Lynden’s Nicolas Parris is much improved. And by much improved I mean he might be the best player in the Northwest Conference. He’s had two hat tricks so far and has nine goals in six games. Lynden hasn’t been had the greatest results so far but you have to like the Lions against anyone with Parris manning the attack.
2. Defense is key. The focus on the backline is quite noticeable this season. Maybe everyone is taking note of what Squalicum was able to do on its way to a state title last season or maybe parking the bus and exploiting the counter attack is what many of the NWC coaches believe is the best way to conserve energy over the course of a long season. Either way, it’s made for some hard-fought, physical battles. There have already been 24 shutouts this season.
Posted by Joshua Hart on February 13, 2015
The playoffs are in full swing now and the Class 2A playoffs start Saturday, Feb. 14. Four teams advance to the regional round of state from the double-elimination tournament. The Northwest District is one of the toughest in the state, featuring three top-10 teams.
Posted by Joshua Hart on February 6, 2015
The last week of the regular season has all but past and the Northwest Conference has almost all of its playoff teams decided. The Class 1A battle for the two spots may come down to a mini-playoff on Saturday unless Nooksack Valley wins Friday night. It’s been a great season and now teams are ready for the postseason. Here is the final power rankings of the season:
Posted by Joshua Hart on February 3, 2015
Barring any final game upsets, Tuesday night (7:15 p.m. at Lynden Christian) will decide the Northwest Conference title. The battle between Ferndale and Lynden Christian will be exciting, as the last two matchups between the teams have shown.
Posted by Joshua Hart on January 30, 2015
Wow, it has been a battle for the Northwest Conference title. Lynden Christian has been able to hold on to the top spot, parrying an effort from Lynden. The Lyncs get Ferndale on Tuesday, in what will likely decide the NWC title — that is unless Lynden knocks off Ferndale on Friday, Jan. 30, which is a real possibility. Meanwhile, the 1A playoff picture continues to be a mess. Nooksack Valley and Meridian both sit at 4-5 while Mount Baker sits at 3-5. Meridian and Mount Baker meet Saturday in a huge game. The NWC has shown no night is easy in this conference.