Just a few games remain in the regular season, so here are the updated girls’ soccer power rankings entering play Thursday, Oct. 23.
1. Squalicum (14-0-0, Northwest Conference 10-0-0): Look to the left. Do you see any losses? Nope. None. Also, fun little fact, dating back to the boys’ soccer season, Squalicum as a school holds a 38-0-2 record as a program. That’s ridiculous.
2. Bellingham (9-5-1, 8-2-1): The Red Raiders haven’t lost since a Sept. 18 matchup with Squalicum. Oh, and since then, Bellingham’s offense has come alive, scoring 47 goals.
3. Ferndale (8-4-2, 7-2-1): Jordin Bartel’s hat trick against Mount Baker was her not third, not fourth, not fifth, but sixth multi-goal game of the year. She’s that good.
4. Burlington-Edison (9-4-1, 6-3-1): This team is now only to be called the Burlington-Breckenridge’s. She’s scored nine goals over the Tigers’ last four games. She’s like a character in FIFA or something.
5. Sehome (8-3-2, 7-1-2): I’ve had questions about this team all year, doubting them a bit. Currently the Mariners are riding a five-game winning streak, and a win over Squalicum tonight would say a whole lot about this team. Let’s see if they can get it done.
6. Meridian (8-4-2, 6-3-2): The Trojans are the clear class of the 1A schools in the NWC, but they’ve lost three of their last five, their losses coming against Sehome, Bellingham and Squalicum. Best news coach Terry Tigert and her girls can take from that? No Sehome, Bellingham or Squalicum come postseason.
7. Lynden (6-3-5, 4-3-3): Zero, the big goose egg in five of the Lions’ last six games. This offense fell apart at the wrong time of the season, although it was a great opening campaign for Carlos Melendez in his first year at the helm of Lynden.
8. Sedro-Woolley (6-6-2, 4-4-2): This team is a year away from scaring some of the best teams in the 2A classification.
9. Lynden Christian (5-7-4, 3-7-2): Haley Hollander has 12 goals on the year for this team, and she’s got one more year in the program. That’s exciting for a team that’s had its ups and downs this year.
10. Mount Baker (3-10-2, 3-8-0): This team looked atrocious at the early part of the year, but over the past five games, the Mountaineers have been a tough matchup, winning three in a row at one point.
11. Blaine (2-11-1, 1-9-0): Blaine earned its first conference win 3-1 over Anacortes the other day, and the Borderites did so without a goal by standout Ashley Quesada.
12. Anacortes (3-10-1, 1-8-1): Somehow this team tied with Lynden 0-0 earlier in the year. That’s as good a showing as this team has had against a top-level team, otherwise it’s been rough goings.
13. Nooksack Valley (0-14-1, 0-10-1): The Pioneers earned a 3-3 tie against Lynden Christian this past weekend, and all LC coach Brent De Ruyter could say following the tie: Tori VandeHoef, that darn Tori VandeHoef. The talented senior striker has 21 of Nooksack’s 25 goals on the year, five of which coming against the Lyncs in their two matchups. She’s going to give LC nightmares if they play in the postseason.