After the first 18 minutes, the Meridian and Mount Baker’s girls’ soccer teams remained scoreless. A Payton Lunde goal kicked things off for Meridian and 52 minutes later, the Trojans left with an 11-0 victory Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Meridian High School.
Lunde would only add one more score — in the 41st minute — but freshman Victoria Melnyk would net three goals and an assist to lead the Trojans and impress her new coach and teammates.
“Her older sister, (who played at Meridian five years ago), was a great goal scorer,” Meridian (1-0) coach Terri Tigert said of the freshman in a phone interview. “Her confidence wasn’t high but she came in and scored. ... That really impressed me and her teammates.”
Meridian outshot Baker 19-2 in the game and Mountaineers (0-1) goalkeepers Jordan Weaver and Alexandria Whipson were only able to save 11 shots.
“We started off a little slow,” Tigert said. “But after our first goal, they just kept going.”
Meridian will look to continue its success against Anacortes Saturday, Sept. 13, at home. Baker faces Blaine on Thursday, Sept. 11, at Pipeline Fields.
Meridian 11, Mount Baker 0
Goal: Payton Lunde (Meridian), assist: Lexi McKinnon, time 18; Goal: Michaela Pimento (Meridian), assist: Hannah Olsen, time 24; Goal: Victoria Melnyk (Meridian), assist: Bryn Magnusson, time 35; Goal: Payton Lunde (Meridian), assist: Lexi McKinnon, time 41; Goal: Lexi McKinnon (Meridian), assist: Michaela Pimento, time 42; Goal: Janessa Murphy (Meridian), assist: Victoria Melnyk, time 48; Goal: Lexi McKinnon (Meridian), assist: Janessa Murphy, time 58; Goal: Maddy Sampson (Meridian), assist: Lexi McKinnon, time 60; Goal: Michaela Pimento, assist Ryley Zapien, time 65; Goal: Victoria Melnyk, assist Bryn Magnusson, time 70; Goal: Victoria Melnyk, assist McKenna Kapp, time 78. Goalies (saves) — Mount Baker: Jordan Weaver, Alexandria Whipson (11); Meridian: Sydney Gospodinovich (2). Shots on goal — Baker 2, Meridian 19.