Mount Baker’s girls’ soccer team used two second-half goals to break a tie and defeat Nooksack Valley 5-3 in a Northwest Conference game Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Nooksack Valley Elementary.
The Mountaineers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes, before Nooksack Valley was able to control the ball and run its own offense.
“They got a couple of good through balls and were able to have one-on-one opportunities with the goalie,” Nooksack Valley assistant coach Kevin Rus said in a phone interview.
Then about 30 minutes into the game, the Pioneers struck back with a pair of goals by Tori VandeHoef. A Delaney Cop goal in the second half tied the game at 3 goals apiece.
“The girls didn’t quit,” Rus said. “They were able to battle through challenging situations to rise above what was happening. They played as a team.”
Then Jessica Mata converted a penalty shot to put Baker up 4-3 and the Mounties scored another goal to seal the win.
“Baker had offensively taken control early, but then we were able to rally and take back that control offensively,” Rus said. “Near the end of the game it was pretty much 50-50. Jasmin Zavala stook out defensively. She stepped in at sweeper, was solid at organizing defense and then playing the ball up and getting the attack started.”
Zavala and Courtney Haak each had assists for the Pioneers.
Nookack Valley takes on Sedro-Woolley on Thursday, Oct. 16, and Mount Baker takes on Anacortes the same day.
Mount Baker 5, Nooksack Valley 3