Northwest Conference girls’ soccer power rankings entering play Thursday, Oct. 2.
1. Squalicum (9-0-0 overall, NWC 5-0-0): The Storm have outscored their opponents 45-3 thus far this season. Could we be seeing a repeat of what the boys’ team did en route to a state championship less than four months ago?
2. Sedro-Woolley (5-2-1, 3-0-1): The Cubs handed first-year Lynden coach Carlos Melendez his first career loss 2-0 on Tuesday. Sedro has yet to face either Bellingham or Squalicum yet, though.
3. Bellingham (4-5-0, 3-2-0): Bellingham, after losing its first five games of the season, is riding a four-game winning streak. The Red Raiders’ offense has come alive, scoring six, 11, five and four goals in those respective wins.
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4. Lynden (5-1-3, 3-1-1): Peyton Fullner, Lexi Smiley and Jayme Smits are pretty darn good. This is a very interesting team that is right in the mix for a 2A playoff berth.
5. Meridian (5-1-1, 3-0-1): I feel a little guilty having the Trojans this low, but they just haven’t faced anyone yet. We’ll know a lot more about this team following a matchup with Lynden on Thursday.
6. Ferndale (4-3-1, 3-1-0): A convincing 4-0 win over Sehome on Tuesday is a bright spot for the Golden Eagles’ season. Still hard to forget a 5-1 loss to Bellingham just before that, though.
7. Burlington-Edison (6-1-1, 3-0-1): The Tigers haven’t loss since their first game of the season against Squalicum on Sept. 9. With that said, wins over Anacortes, Blaine and Nooksack Valley aren’t as important as the matchups in the future against Bellingham (Oct. 7) and Ferndale (Oct. 14).
8. Sehome (3-3-2, 2-1-2): This is a strange team. The Mariners have beat Bellingham twice this year, but been shutout by Ferndale twice, too. Just don’t know what to make of them yet.
9. Lynden Christian (2-4-3, 0-4-1): The Lyncs have lost their last three games by a combined 11-0. Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and Meridian is a tough stretch.
10. Anacortes (3-5-1, 1-4-0): Hey, the Seahawks beat Nooksack Valley 5-0 on Tuesday. Hey, now they face Meridian, Bellingham and Lynden.
11. Blaine (1-7-0, 0-5-0): Ashley Quesada has one goal over the Borderites’ last six games. If she gets going, Blaine can at least be contenders in the 1A.
12. Mount Baker (0-6-2, 0-4-0): The Mountaineers have only scored five goals all year, a league low.
13. Nooksack Valley (0-9-0, 0-5-0): 70. Goals. Allowed. That’s not good.