A fired up Peyton Fullner scored a goal and tallied three assists in leading the Lynden girls’ soccer team back from an early deficit to hand Meridian its first loss of the season on Thursday, Oct. 1.
“She played with a lot of the kids on the Meridian team as part of the Rangers,” Lions coach Carlos Melendez said in a phone interview. “She was excited to play, and she got her team excited to play.”
Lynden (8-1-1, 5-0-1 NWC) just missed on an early scoring opportunity, before Meridian’s Mikhayla Boyd put in the in a 1-0 hole in the ninth minute.
“To go down a goal was tough, but the kids have come back from it time and time again,” Melendez said.
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Fullner responded by scoring off an assist from Kalie Spady in the 25th minute to even the score. She then assisted on a pair of goals from Sierra Smith in the 36th and 37th minutes, before helping cement the win by setting up Jasmyne Neira in the 62nd minute.
Lynden next travels to Nooksack Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 6, while Meridian (7-1, 4-1) will host Anacortes on the same day.
Lynden 4, Meridian 1
Goal: Mikhayla Boyd (Meridian), assist: Emily Stuth, time ninth minute; Goal: Peyton Fullner (Lynden), assist: Kali Spady, time 25th minute; Goal: Sierra Smith (Lynden), assist: Peyton Fullner , time 36th minute; Goal: Sierra Smith (Lynden), assist: Peyton Fullner, time 37th minute. Goal: Jasmyne Neira (Lynden), assist: Peyton Fullner, time: 62nd minute. Goalies (saves) — Lynden: Emily Holt; Meridian: Sydney Gospodinovich.