High School Soccer

2015 Blaine girls’ soccer preview

Coach: Kelly Tuski

Last year: Went 2-12-2 overall and 1-10-1 in the Northwest Conference (12th). ... Scored only 22 goals, led by Ashley Quesada’s 12, while allowing 74 goals. ... Two wins came in an epic 6-5 showdown with Nooksack Valley and a late-season 3-1 home victory over Anacortes. ... Failed to make postseason after switching to Class 2A before the season.

Players to watch: Ashley Quesada (F/M, Sr.), Caitlyn Sharp (M, Sr.), Caylie Sharp (D, Sr.), Makayah Veliz (M/F, Sr.), Kaitlyn Diamond (M/F, Sr.), Taylor Miller (D, So.)

Outlook: Sure, the Borderites graduated some key players, but there’s still plenty left to be excited about in Blaine, most notably star scorer Ashley Quesada, who led the team with 12 goals and four assists last season. She is known to score in bunches — she had five-goal and three-goal performances last season, although both came against Nooksack Valley. She’ll have to be more consistent for Blaine to improve on its two wins from last year. Helping her will be the Sharp girls — Caylie and Caitlyn — as well as Makayah Veliz, Kaitlyn Diamond and up-and-coming sophomore Taylor Miller. “We have a solid group of senior and junior leaders who have done a great job demonstrating a strong work ethic and a desire to improve their game,” coach Kelly Tuski said in an email. “We have many younger players and incoming freshmen who are showing that — despite their lack of experience at the varsity level — they are ready to compete and put everything on the field.”

2015 Roster

Player

Yr.

Ashley Quesada

Sr.

Caitlyn Sharp

Sr.

Caylie Sharp

Sr.

Kaitlyn Diamond

Sr.

Makayah Veliz

Sr.

Allison Burke

Jr.

Bianca Rodriguez

Jr.

Brooke Giffen

Jr.

Monika Kelly

Jr.

Ariyana VanderVeen-Raum

So.

Maria Gobbato

So.

Mikaila Willoughby

So.

Samantha Miller

So.

Taylor Miller

So.

Tessa Kelly

So.

Ayanna Holguin

So.

Montanna Klander

Fr.

2015 Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

Sept. 8

Sultan^

4:30 p.m.

Sept. 10

at Mount Baker

4:30 p.m.

Sept. 12

at Nooksack Valley

1 p.m.

Sept. 15

at Burlington-Edison*

6 p.m.

Sept. 17

Sedro-Woolley*^

4:30 p.m.

Sept. 19

at Granite Falls

1 p.m.

Sept. 22

at Lynden*&

4 p.m.

Sept. 24

at Squalicum*^

4 p.m.

Sept. 29

Meridian*^

4:30 p.m.

Oct. 1

at Bellingham*#

7 p.m.

Oct. 8

Mount Baker*^

4:30 p.m.

Oct. 13

Sehome*^

4:30 p.m.

Oct. 15

Lynden Christian*^

4:30 p.m.

Oct. 20

at Anacortes*

6 p.m.

Oct. 22

Nooksack Valley*^

4:30 p.m.

Oct. 26

at Ferndale*

4 p.m.

*NWC game; ^at Pipeline Fields; #at Whatcom Community College; %at Northwest Soccer Park; &at Bender Fields

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