Mazon Baker

Ferndale senior Mazon Baker during the Golden Eagles' 3-0 loss to Lynden on Thursday at Phillips 66 Soccer Park. (Mitch Farley/Lynden Tribune)

BELLINGHAM – It was Senior Night for Ferndale boys soccer team as they took on Lynden on Thursday, April 25. The Ferndale Golden Eagles lost to the Lions 3-0 at Phillips 66 Soccer Park.

The Lions scored two goals in the first half, one of which came right before halftime. The second goal of the first half came in the stoppage time. Ferndale coach Rigel Weis disagreed with the extension.

“[The goal] was a minute past what the ref said it was going to be, but some of those things you can’t control. Taking that hit at the end of the half was unfortunate,” Weis said.

The Golden Eagles maintained good offensive control in the first half, getting a handful of shots on goal but the Lions’ aggressive defense kept the Golden Eagles out of the net.

“They left it all on the field. That’s what I asked them for. Lynden has been tough all year, but I thought we represented ourselves well,” Weis said.

After half, the Golden Eagles struggled to maintain offensive control. The Lions’ offense controlled the field, spending the majority of the second half taking shots on Golden Eagles’ junior goalkeeper Brandon Nowak. Nowak made save after save during the final 45 minutes of the match. Weis praised Nowak for helping keep them out of deep water.

“I think Brandon has been one of our MVPs of the year. Some of those saves at the start of the second half could have led to a completely different story at the end of the game,” Weis said. “But he pulls these things off. I don’t know how he does it sometimes. It would be a different story without him.”

Nowak said, for him, it’s all about being sure in his abilities in those moments, with the ball soaring across the goal from a corner kick or cross.

“Confidence is the key. I watch out for those balls into the six-yard box, and if I can reach them I’m going to punch them out but if not I’m immediately calling for my team,” Nowak said. “It’s confidence and knowing yourself and your abilities.”

The Golden Eagles gathered around after the game and Weis handed each senior a bouquet of flowers to present their parents. Weis said it was important to give thanks to the parents for supporting them through their four-year journey.

The Golden Eagles currently have a 6-8-1 overall record, a 4-7-1 Northwest Conference record and are in 10th place in the league. Weis said he has high hopes for making a playoff run, but the team is currently right on the margin of making them or not. Their next and final game is at Lakewood at 7 p.m., Monday, April 29.