After watching his team allow 14 goals in its first five games this season, Lynden girls soccer coach Carlos Melendez challenged the Lions to post a shutout on Tuesday, Sept. 20, against rival Lynden Christian.
The defense answered the call, and Peyton Fullner took care of the rest, scoring twice to lift Lynden to a 2-0 Northwest Conference victory at Bender Fields.
“We had been giving up a lot of goals,” Melendez said. “Our defense stepped up and controlled everything and gave our midfield a chance to get going.”
Fullner scored in the 23rd minute off an assist from Erin Fiebig and added an unassisted goal in the 53rd minute.
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The Lions (2-3-1, 1-1-1 NWC) travel to Burlington-Edison on Thursday, Sept. 22, while Lynden Christian (3-3, 1-2) will host Sedro-Woolley.
Burlington-Edison 10, Nooksack Valley 0 – Despite the score, Pioneers coach Kevin Rus was pleased with his team’s first-half performance, which limited the Tigers to three goals. “For us and our progress, that half was good,” Rus said. “We had opportunities for an attack, which was good.” Nooksack (0-5, 0-3) travels to Ferndale on Thursday.
Sehome 8, Lakewood 0 – The Mariners shut out their second consecutive opponent and got two goals from usual defender Ilana Pechthalt in the NWC win. Christina Funk recorded two assists, while Fiona Dawson and Ava McIlvaine each tallied a goal and an assist. Sehome (5-1, 2-1) will try to keep the streak going Thursday when it hosts Anacortes.
Ferndale 8, Mount Baker 0 – The Golden Eagles picked up their second shutout in three games and rolled to an NWC win over the Mountaineers. Ferndale (5-1, 3-0) hosts Nooksack on Thursday, while Mount Baker (0-6, 0-3) travels to Blaine.
Meridian 3, Sedro-Wooley 3 – The Trojans recorded their first non-win, tying the Cubs in am NWC match. Meridian (5-0-1, 2-0-1) hosts Squalicum on Thursday.
Lynden Christian (1A)
Nooksack Valley (1A)
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