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VICTORY - Lady Cougars make history with first playoff win against Lynden
Two days after defeating Lynden 3-0 to secure their first ever playoff victory, the Lady Cougars returned to earth with a 5-0 loss to Bellingham.
The 2A District 1 playoff loss took place at Bellinghams Civic Stadium and dropped Lakewoods record to 7-11 overall.
Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth said his team ran into a buzz saw and while they only made a handful of mistakes, Bellingham took advantage of each one.
Three of their goals were misplayed balls by our defense and they were able to finish, he said. The other two goals were nice one on a header off a corner kick and another on a cross and first-time touch from the wing. Nice goals, but had we been marking better they dont even get those shots off. Overall, weve played three of our best games of the season over the past week or so and that had been our goal to peak as we hit the district tourney. Couldnt be more proud of the girls and how theyve finished off the last part of the season, and it truly shows how competitive our league and district are when we only make a few mistakes but the good teams punish you for it.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Steinborn endured the shutout loss.
Lakewood will face Burlington-Edison Wednesday, Nov. 1, in a loser-out game at Mount Vernon High School.
Lakewood lost to B-E 8-0 early in the season, but the coaching staff and team are hoping that they (B-E) overlook the Lady Cougars after seeing their score against Bellingham.
At Civic Stadium
Goals Bellingham: Shannon 2, Michel 2, Moore. Goalkeepers Bellingham: Hoag. Lakewood: Steinborn.
Ah. The sweet feeling of relief swept across Dick Cardinal Stadium Thursday, Oct. 26 and washed away years of post-season futility as the Lady Cougars blanked the visiting Lynden Lions 3-0.
Lakewood improved to 7-10 on the season while Lynden saw their season end with a 3-13 record.
The loser-out 2A District I tournament game was scoreless for the first 17 minutes.
Junior forward Melissa Osburn eluded her defender and found the back of the net for the first of her two goals on the evening.
Freshman midfielder Erin Dierickx nearly scored shortly thereafter, but the opportunity was thwarted by an offside penalty.
Although the Lady Cougars kept the ball on the Lynden side of the field for most of the first half, the cardinal and gold clad defenders did a great job of deflecting any threats.
One-two-three win it Lakewood yelled out in unison after breaking huddle for the second half, leading 1-0.
Osburn struck again seven minutes into the second half after her beautiful shot from the left side of the field deflected off the cross bar and into the goal.
The Lions increased their offensive intensity in the second half, peppering the Lakewood defenders and goalkeeper Steinborn.
Both teams and the mild sized crowd fell silent as Dierickx crashed to the ground after colliding with Lynden goalkeeper Kirstin Salminen.
After taking a short breather, the strong and persistent Dierickx broke free from her defender and made it a 3-0 game with 17 minutes remaining in the contest.
Coach Wohlgemuth said afterward that Dierickx fell on her rib cage and had the wind knocked out of her.
Still a bit speechless and long before the historical win had sunk in, an elated Wohlgemuth said his squad put together a fantastic game.
We wanted to get that off our back and show our league, especially our fans we have a quality team here, he said. Its been our goal for three years to get that first playoff victory. Melissa was leading the charge down the wings. We had three goals and three assists, and that just shows me how unselfish this team is. Our defense has been stellar all season long. Their keeper (Salminen) was just fantastic. Our game plan was to attack her and pepper her with shots.
While Wohlgemuth may officially be the head coach, he didnt hesitate in crediting his right hand man Vaughn Vandelac.
Having him (Vandelac) by my side has really solidified our defense, Wohlgemuth said.
He pointed to the play of Hoidal, Stephanie Kushner and Jean McKeever as examples.
At Lakewood H.S.
Goals Lakewood: Osburn 2, Dierickx. Assists Lakewood: Bustad 2, Silva. Goalkeepers Lynden: Salminen. Lakewood: Steinborn.
The Lady Cougars soccer team ended their regular season in winning fashion with a 3-0 Cascade Conference victory over 1A Coupeville Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Lakewood improved to 5-9-0 in league play and 6-10-0 overall while Coupeville was left winless at 0-14-0, 0-16-0.
Junior forward Hayley Bustad set a single-season scoring record and tied for the LHS career scoring record with her two goals.
Junior midfielder Courtney Prosser added the third goal for visiting Lakewood.
Wohlgemuth said all in all his squad was pretty happy about the outcome.
They (Coupeville) play on a regulation football field so it was very, very small, he said. So it made sense why teams dont score much against them there, but regardless, we got two goals from Hayley and Courtney added the other goal on a nice 30-yard shot that hit the left post and squirted in.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Steinborn and senior Jean McKeever combined to earn the shutout.
Wohlgemuth said his team out shot the hosts 25-2.
At Coupeville H.S.
Goals Lakewood: Bustad 2, Prosser. Assists: Lakewood: Dietz. Goalkeepers Lakewood: Steinborn and McKeever. Coupeville: Manker.