Normally, freshman forward Kevin Galiano would be taking aim at South Whidbey’s goal. But when Meridian and South Whidbey went to a shootout to determine which team would advance to the Class 1B Bi-District Tournament, coach Joe Spencer had other ideas.
“We’ve never had a true goalie all year and Kevin messed around in practice at goalie and was actually really successful,” Spencer said. “I figured there wasn’t a better time to try it than right now.”
It worked out for Meridian as Galiano made three saves which helped the Trojans win the shootout 4-3 on Saturday after being tied 2-2 at the end of regulation and going through two scoreless overtimes.
In regulation, Noah Richardson scored on a header after Jordan Birnel set him up with a corner kick in the 20th minute, but Meridian trailed 2-1 at halftime. Carlos Padilla-Solis knotted things up in the 63rd minute with a goal.
Mount Baker 3, Lynden Christian 2 – The host Mountaineers earned a win over Lynden Christian to advance to the Class 1A Bi-District Tournament, and end the Lyncs’ season. Mount Baker had to survive a double overtime thriller in which it beat South Whidbey 1-0 after winning a penalty kick battle 8-7. The Mountaineers lost to eventual district champion King’s in the semi-finals, but edged Lynden Christian to keep its season alive.
Mount Baker (1A)
Lynden Christian (1A)
Nooksack Valley (1A)