With the postseason in the not-too-distant future, the girls’ soccer season is proving incredibly unpredictable thus far.
1. Squalicum (11-0-0 overall, Northwest Conference 7-0-0): Squalicum barely edged Ferndale 2-1 on Tuesday, showing the Storm are, in fact, human ... sort of. This team has the star power to run the table and win a state championship, with that win against a tough Ferndale squad showing Squalicum can win close, too. Oh, and the Storm won without Kim Hazlett recording a hat trick, or scoring at all. Apparently that’s a thing.
2. Bellingham (6-5-0, 5-2-0): After losing their first five games, four of which to Sehome and Squalicum, the Red Raiders have raddled off six in a row, including a strong 1-0 win over Burlington-Edison on Tuesday. This team is built to face adversity, and Hattie North scoring the game-winner against the Tigers is a huge boost for Mark Wright and Co. Watch out.
3. Ferndale (5-4-1, 4-2-0): The Golden Eagles showed they are a true contender, pushing Squalicum as far as anyone has all year. This team can on any given day beat the best in the conference.
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4. Meridian (7-1-1, 5-0-1): Meridian has Sehome, Bellingham, Ferndale, Squalicum and Burlington-Edison to finish the season. We’ll know a lot more about this young Trojans team in the weeks to come, but Janessa Murphy and Lexi McKinnon are providing some legitimate senior leadership for this sophomore-loaded club.
5. Burlington-Edison (7-2-1, 4-1-1): Edie Breckenridge is one of the top scorers in the league. If teams can stop her, they can mostly stop Burlington-Edison. That’s going to need to change if Burlington has playoff aspirations.
6. Sehome (5-3-2, 4-1-2): The Mariners are getting scoring from a lot of different players right now — 12 players have at least one goal. A 2-0 win over Sedro-Woolley helped ease the pain of a 4-0 loss to Ferndale last week. Sehome is the last 2A team in right now.
7. Sedro-Woolley (5-4-1, 3-2-1): The Cubs can’t score, putting up just 15 goals all year. The only thing working in their favor? They can defend, allowing just 10 so far.
8. Lynden (6-2-3, 4-2-1): After opening the season 5-0-3, the Tigers have come back down to earth with back-to-back losses to Sedro-Woolley and Meridian before topping Nooksack Valley. Final four games of the year are against Bellingham, Burlington-Edison, Ferndale and Squalicum. Doesn’t get much harder than that when you’re trying to make a push for the playoffs.
9. Anacortes (3-6-1, 1-4-1): The Seahawks put up a fight against Meridian in a 4-1 loss. Anacortes’ keeper, Tara Augustoni, has been getting rave reviews from opposing coaches. She needs some help.
10. Lynden Christian (3-5-3, 2-5-0): A 5-0 win over Mount Baker on Tuesday ended a five-game losing streak. The Lyncs were held scoreless in four of those five matches.
11. Blaine (1-8-1, 0-6-0): Blaine has been outscored 18-0 over its past three matches.
12. Mount Baker (0-9-2, 0-7-0): The Mountaineers are in desperate need of scoring with just five goals on the year.
13. Nooksack Valley (0-11-0, 0-7-0): Tori VandeHoef has 12 of the Pioneers’ 16 goals.