High School Soccer

Lions gain ground as Meridian slips in girls’ soccer power rankings

1. Squalicum (previous rank: 1): Kim Hazlett and Kim Dorr have combined for 33 goals this season. That’s more scoring among two players than 11 of the 13 teams have done as a group.

2. Burlington-Edison (previous rank: 3): The Tigers continue to roll. They score a lot behind Edie Breckenridge, Abby Dimock and Megan Wilburg. That is a fantastic trio.

3. Sehome (previous rank: 5): It seems the Mariners have woken up the offense. They have at least two goals in each of their past five games and the defense certainly hasn’t faded.

4. Lynden (previous rank: 7): The Lions are currently second in the Northwest Conference standings and knocked Meridian around last Thursday. Don’t sleep on Carlos Melendez’s squad.

5. Bellingham (previous rank: 4): In the past four games, the Red Raiders have scored 21 goals. They’ll be tested against Burlington-Edison Tuesday night.

6. Meridian (previous rank: 2): A loss to a 2A opponent isn’t going to hurt the Trojans, but it certainly will give coach Terri Tigert some teaching moments after her team won the first seven games.

7. Ferndale (previous rank: 6): Every Golden Eagles player is hoping the 7-0 victory over Sedro-Woolley can turn this offense around but Squalicum is next on the slate and that’s no easy task.

8. Lynden Christian (previous rank: 8): While it’s been against stiff competition, the Lyncs haven’t scored in the past four games. Hopefully a meeting with Mount Baker can change that.

9. Sedro-Woolley (previous rank: 11): The Cubs almost upset Lynden but failed to show up against Ferndale. With Sehome and Squalicum up next, they better come to play.

10. Blaine (previous rank: 9): Kelly Tuski’s team hasn’t won a game since Sept. 12. The schedule hasn’t helped but the Borderites haven’t done much scoring either — five goals in the past seven games.

11. Mount Baker (previous rank: 10): A week doesn’t get tougher than Squalicum and Burlington-Edison. The road gets much easier for the next couple weeks.

12. Anacortes (previous rank: 12): Winning, no matter the opponent, is always a nice feeling. An even better one is scoring six goals in the process, as the Seahawks did against Nooksack Valley.

13. Nooksack Valley (previous rank: 13): The Pioneers are no longer scoreless in first-year coach Kevin Rus’ time Four goals against Anacortes could break the flood gates open on Nooksack’s offense.