For the past two seasons, Mount Baker has been the thorn in Lynden Christian girls’ soccer team’s side.
The Mountaineers seemed to find a way to push Lynden Christian to the limit when it counted most, tying the Lyncs in conference play this year and upsetting LC in a shootout during a loser-out playoff game last season.
But the Lyncs put all that behind them with two first-half goals on their way to a 2-0 victory over the Mounties in a Class 1A Northwest District Tournament loser-out game on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Whatcom Community College.
The win sends the Lyncs to the bi-district tournament, where they’ll take on Bear Creek Tuesday, Nov. 3. The loss ends Mount Baker’s season with a 3-12-3 record.
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Lynden Christian has gone 4-1-1 in its past six games.
“The urgency was there today,” LC coach Brent De Ruyter said. “We were really disappointed with our effort against King’s the other night (a 9-0 loss) and we had a meeting ... and basically said this is not going to happen again. We had a good training session yesterday so I knew they were ready for today and they performed well.”
Haley Hollander was the catalyst, as has become the custom the past two seasons.
In the 28th minute, Hollander controlled the ball in the center of the field before delivering a pass to wide open Adrianna Patlan, who had just the keeper to beat. Patlan, who is a senior but in her first year with LC, slotted it home to put the Lyncs on the board.
If we can continue to do that, prepare as we have been and finish when we’re given opportunities, I’m excited about what happens.
LC coach Brent De Ruyter
“It felt really weird but it was really awesome to put it in the goal,” Patlan said.
Just minutes later, Hollander decided to test herself the skill of goalkeeper Emily Brandland, who made 10 saves on the day, firing a bending rocket from the top of the 18-yard box into the side of the net to make it 2-0.
It was a strong performance from the Lyncs, who have played much better late in the season.
“These last couple of weeks — with the exception of our preparation for King’s — I thought we’ve prepared well and trained well, which is why we got on that run again,” De Ruyter said. “If we can continue to do that, prepare as we have been and finish when we’re given opportunities, I’m excited about what happens.”
14 goals scored by Lyncs senior midfielder Haley Hollander this season. She also has four assists.
While Mount Baker’s season ends with the loss, the Mountaineers put up a fight on Saturday’s windy morning. The Mountaineers had several strong chances, including a breakaway in the second half that was just tipped away by LC goalkeeper Kaitlyn Heeringa, who had seven saves.
Despite the loss, Mounties coach Jason Jorgenson was pleased with his squad.
“They had a good battle today. Especially the second half, they had a couple good opportunities, which is fantastic,” Jorgenson said. “They’re a great group of girls. They work hard and they’ve got a lot of individual talent, which is good to see.”
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Lynden Christian 2, Mount Baker 0
Goal: Adrianna Patlan (LC), assist: Haley Hollander, time 28; Goal: Haley Hollander (LC), time 31. Goalies (saves) — Mount Baker: Emily Brandland (10); Lynden Christian: Kaitlyn Heeringa (7). Shots on goal — Mount Baker 7, Lynden Christian 12.