The Lynden Christian girls’ soccer team expected a tough match up when it traveled to King’s for the semifinals of the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 29, and that’s exactly what it got. Sophomore goalkeeper Madie Nielson made four saves to record the Knights’ 15th shutout in 17 games this season, downing the Lyncs 2-0.
“For us being shorthanded tonight and going against an undefeated team, I thought we did pretty well,” LC coach Brent De Ruyter said in a phone interview. “Our effort was fantastic. We created some opportunities, we just didn’t finish. ... It was a good start to being road warriors.”
The Lyncs (6-8-4) were without the services of their usual starting goalie and a midfielder, who were attending a national Future Farmers of America convention.
Despite the loss, LC’s season is not done, as the Lyncs will face Northwest Conference foe Mount Baker in an elimination game scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Sultan High School. The winner of that game moves on to the bi-district tournament.
“I thought the girls did a great job tonight,” De Ruyter said. “We got to do some great things, and I can’t wait to play Saturday.”
King’s jumped on top in the 10th minute on Katie Stella’s goal and added an insurance score in the 69th minute off the foot of Jubilee Zevenbergen.
De Ruyter said he was pleased by the play of his midfield.
“Haley Hollander was amazing for us,” he said. “Her ability to shoot and create opportunities and defend was great for us. I thought our whole midfield in general did a good job.”
King’s 2, Lynden Christian 0
Goal: Katie Stella (King’s),time 10th minute; Goal: Jubilee Zevenbergen (King’s), time 69th minute. Goalies (saves) — LC: Daphnee Manderson (7); King’s: Madie Nielson (4). Shots on goal — LC 5, King’s team 9.