Coach Valentin Villalobos may have pulled his starters a bit too early in Nooksack Valley’s 4-3 Northwest Conference win over Lynden.
The Pioneers led 4-1 with 10 minutes left after goals in the 20th, 45th and 66th minutes. Luis Garcia was the first to score on an assist by David Flores followed by a goal by Flores five minutes into the second half.
Villalobos then started putting in his bench. Six minutes later, a penalty kick goal by Nick Parris and then a goal by Jose Rios put the Lions within striking distance. However, Nooksack Valley was able to hold on for its fourth win of the year.
”I wasn’t expecting the penalty kick,” Villalobos said. “But we managed to come out with the win and we played our best out of the entire season.”
Anacortes 5, Meridian 0: Meridian gave up two early goals and wasn’t able to come back in a Northwest Conference loss. “It was a poor start on our part,” coach Joe Spencer said.
Sehome 1, Sedro-Woolley 1: Freshman Skyler Weight knotted the game up at one with only a few minutes left to force a tie between Sehome and Sedro-Woolley. Coach John Slyvester said he looked down his bench for the guy with “the most determination in his eyes” and saw Weight and put him in. Weight had only played with the varsity squad three times all year.
Bellingham 3, Burlington-Edison 2: Casey Carter scored in the 68th minute to propel Bellingham past Burlington-Edison for a Northwest Conference win. Aaron Carter kicked the Red Raiders scoring off with a goal in the 15th minute which was assisted by his brother Casey Carter.
Mount Baker 3, Lynden Christian 2: The Mountaineers beat the Lyncs to earn a Northwest Conference victory. No other information was available at press time.
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