Despite a flurry of shots, Blaine’s girls’ soccer team needed a goal in the final 10 minutes to salvage a 2-2 tie against Mount Baker on Thursday, Sept. 11, at Pipeline Fields in Blaine.
The Borderites got off 22 shots against the Mountaineers and goalkeeper Alexandra Whitson, but Whitson only had to make eight saves.
“We were happy with the tie, but ultimately it should have been a win,” Blaine coach Kelly Tuski said in a phone interview. “We had a lot of shots go over the goal, so we’re going to work on keeping our shots low.”
Taylor VanBrocklin opened scoring for Mount Baker in the 22nd minute, and Ashley Quesada answered for Blaine before the half ended. Quesada was assisted by Makenna Magner.
“Ashley Quesada had nine shots, and she can get shots off from anywhere,” Tuski said. “Taylor Miller and Gretchen Kordas were really solid in the middle on defense. Taylor got hit hard by some of the Mount Baker girls, but she pushed through it.”
Baker’s Jessica Mata put the Mountaineers ahead again in the 60th minute, but it didn’t last, as Kordas clinched the tie with a 70th-minute goal.
Blaine hosts Nooksack Valley at noon, Saturday, Sept. 13, at Pipeline Fields. Mount Baker takes on Lynden Christian at noon, Saturday, Sept. 13, at home.
Blaine 2, Mount Baker 2
Goal: Taylor VanBrocklin (Mount Baker), time: 22; Goal: Ashley Quesada (Blaine), assist: Makenna Magner, time: 36; Goal: Jessica Mata (Mount Baker), time 60; Goal: Gretchen Kordas (Blaine), time 70. Goalies (saves) — Mount Baker: Alexandra Whitson (8); Blaine: Tessa Kelly (4). Shots on goal — Mount Baker 8, Blaine 22.