Nooksack Valley’s boys’ soccer team found its offensive stride in a 7-0 win over Lynden Christian on Monday, March 16, at Nooksack Valley Elementary.
Rigoberto Gonzales led the Pioneers with a hat trick, and Luke Vanwingerden added a pair of goals and an assist.
Two of Gonzales’ goals were put-backs off of rebounds from the Lynden Christian goalkeeper.
“It’s the same group of kids, so after four years together they know each one like the palm of their hands, so they know what to do and where to run,” Nooksack Valley coach Valentin Villalobos said in a phone interview. “The team looks pretty good, I can’t say it looks strong. We have to play a couple more games for that.”
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Villalobos highlighted defenders Kyle Macy and Noel Mondragon, who shut down LC’s forwards and held the Lyncs to just four shots.
Nooksack Valley plays next at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Nooksack Valley Elementary against Lynden. Lynden Christian hosts Kayhi, an Alaskan school, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Bender Fields.
Nooksack Valley 7, Lynden Christian 0
Goal: Luke Vanwingerden (Nooksack Valley), assist: Omar Lopez, time 21; Goal: Chris Baltazar (Nooksack Valley), assist: Luke Vanwingerden, time 31; Goal: Rigoberto Gonzales (Nooksack Valley), assist: William Kingma, time 45; Goal: Luke Vanwingerden (Nooksack Valley), assist: Jacob Vanderheiden, time 63; Goal: Rigoberto Gonzales (Nooksack Valley), time 65; Goal: Rigoberto Gonzales (Nooksack Valley), time 70; Goal: Jacob Vanderheiden (Nooksack Valley), assist: Omar Lopez, time 77. Goalies (saves) — Lynden Christian: Kody Tiemersma (n/a); Nooksack Valley: Levi Vanwingerden (n/a). Shots on goal — Lynden Christian 4, Nooksack Valley 10.