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Lady Cougars historic season comes to an end
MOUNT VERNON The Lady Cougars may have finished their season with a 7-12 overall record, but thats not indicative of their success.
Their 3-0 victory over the Lynden Lions at home Thursday, Oct. 26, was the first 2A District 1 playoff victory in girls soccer history for LHS.
Unfortunately for the Lady Cougars, the good news ended there as they lost 5-0 to Bellingham, Oct. 28, and then 4-0 to Burlington-Edison at Mount Vernon High School Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The two teams faced off to open the non-league season Sept. 5 in Burlington and the host Lady Lions dispatched of Lakewood 8-0.
Burlington-Edison didnt show any signs of being cold on the chilly autumn night as they tallied their first goal about two minutes into the contest.
B-E scored again six minutes later and the combination of their good ball control and pinpoint passing kept the ball on their half of the field for most of the first half.
Lakewood coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth said while his squad was excited and proud of their achievements, they knew they would be outmatched coming into the game.
I think mentally we let down before we even stepped on the field tonight, he said.
Overall, we have established this program as one to be reckoned with. We made history and need to dwell on the positive and focus on the positive. The last two years we have come into districts and kind of put our tail down. We need to send our seniors away with smiles and not tears of sadness.
B-E added their third goal one minute into the second half on a penalty kick and continued to play tough defense for the remainder of the game.
The yellow and blue clad Lady Tigers scored their fourth and final goal on a corner kick with 24 minutes left in the game.
The two largest applauses on the brisk evening came from the public address announcer acknowledging a couples 26th wedding anniversary and after a fan crawled under the bleachers to retrieve a ball that had bounced over the fence.
The handful of times that the Lady Cougars were able to penetrate the B-E defense their shots appeared to be easy work for goalkeeper Caitlin Dotlich.
Ashley Clifton, one of only two graduating seniors for LHS, said it was a bittersweet feeling after suffering back-to-back shutout post-season losses.
I am proud of what we did, but sad it had to end, she said.
My personal goal was to win a district game, but I know theyll do better next year. The blonde midfielder said she is hoping to attend Eastern Washington University in Cheney and earn her bachelors degree in forensics.
At Mount Vernon H.S.
Goals B-E: Griffith 2, Latham. Assists B-E: Arendse 2.
Goalkeepers B-E: Dotlich. Lakewood : Steinborn.