Facing a chance to gain more ground in the Narrows 4A soccer standings, Bellarmine Prep couldn't keep up with Central Kitsap tonight, falling 4-1 to the Cougars at home.
“We made way too many defensive errors that ended up in goals,” said Bellarmine head coach Joe Waters. “We’ve got to get better at that.”
The Lions held the Cougars scoreless through 20 minutes, but Central Kitsap’s Kurt Koemmpel got his squad on the board on a low shot past Bellarmine keeper Jacob Hillyer in the 21st minute. But junior Drew Barker answered two minutes later for the Lions, driving a shot into the right side from 20 yards out to tie it up. Eric Musica nearly gave the Lions the lead in the 27th minute with a nice header off Barker’s cross, but Cougars keeper Lorenzo Alvarenga leaped in the air to save it.
Koemmpel then regained the lead for the Cougars in the 30th minute by driving a ball into the right netting off a tough angle from the left side. The Cougars’ Alex Moon made it 3-1 six minutes later by tapping in a cross that bounced around in the box, and the Lions were unable to clear. Koemmpel then collected the hat trick by finishing a nice pass from Cameron Watson 10 minutes into the second half, putting the game out of reach.