High School Soccer

Mata’s two late goals clinch win for Baker

Jessica Mata had the game-tying and game-winning goals for Mount Baker’s girls’ soccer team in its 4-3 Northwest Conference win over Blaine on Thursday, Oct. 9, at Mount Baker.

Mata’s first goal came off of a free kick in the 70th minute to tie the game at 3. Her second goal was just four minutes later off of a corner kick by Marissa Scoville, who also scored a goal in the game.

Mount Baker had led early after Scoville’s 10th-minute goal, but Blaine’s Caitlyn Sharp answered before the first half ended. Baker bounced back with a Brooke Whitson goal. Ashley Quesada and Emily Roe gave Blaine the lead with 54th- and 55th-minute goals before Mata scored the final two goals.

“It was fantastic for morale, to keep that fire they brought (from) the beginning of the game,” Mount Baker coach Jason Jorgensen said in a phone interview of the comeback win. “We’ve been working on playing a full 80 and this was the first time they did it without hanging their heads.”

Mount Baker will look for another win on Tuesday, Oct. 14, against Nooksack Valley. Blaine will hope to bounce back on Tuesday, Oct. 14, against Sehome.

Mount Baker 4, Blaine 3

Goal: Marissa Scoville (MB), assist: Jessica Ehlers, time 10; Goal: Caitlyn Sharp (B), time 32; Goal: Brooke Whitson (MB), time 47; Goal: Ashley Quesada (B), time 54. Goal: Emily Roe (B), time 55; Goal: Jessica Mata (MB), time 70; Goal: Mata (MB), assist: Scoville, time 74. Goalies (saves) — Blaine: Tessa Kelly (10); MB: Allie Whitson (8). Shots on goal — B 12, MB 17.