High School Soccer

Tigers shut out Borderites in NWC opener

The Blaine girls’ soccer team fell victim to Edie Breckenridge and Burlington-Edison in a 6-0 loss on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Pipeline Fields.

Breckenridge scored four times to lead the Tigers over the Borderites in both teams’ Northwest Conference opener.

“Our girls were focused and ready to fight and they played a really good game,” Blaine coach Kelly Tuski said in a phone interview. “Against Burlington it can be intimidating at first, but they stepped up and were able to get progressively better in the second half. Burlington knows how to move the ball upfield and we spent a lot of time managing their attack.”

Tessa Kelly had nine saves for the Borderites. Tuski recounted an instance when Breckenridge had sped away from the Borderites’ defense and Kelly came out of the net to make a big stop on the breakaway.

“It comes down to getting over the intimidation factor and knowing that we can move the ball around well,” Tuski said. “Another standout was Maria Gobbato, who played the entire game. She has the determination and energy to do good things on varsity.”

Blaine will look for its first conference win at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sedro-Woolley.

Burlington-Edison 6, Blaine 0

Goal: Taylor Clark (Burlington-Edison), assist: Edie Breckenridge, time: 8; Goal: Breckenridge (Burlington-Edison), assist: Megan Wilburg, time: 15; Goal: Kylie Hayton (Burlington-Edison), assist: Abby Dimock, time: 34; Goal: Breckenridge (Burlington-Edison), assist: Clark, time: 46; Goal: Breckenridge (Burlington-Edison), time: 53; Goal: Breckenridge (Burlington-Edison), assist: Brandy Smith, time: 75; Goalies (saves) — Burlington-Edison: Jenny Gustafson (0), Kioko Soneda (1); Blaine: Tessa Kelly (9). Shots on goal — Burlington-Edison 22, Blaine 6.