The Sideline

Saturday, August 27, 2016 This Week's Paper
Stadium cruises over Bellarmine to stay in first

Five different Stadium players scored as the Tigers notched a 5-1 win at Bellarmine Prep this afternoon to stay in first in the Narrows 4A soccer standings.

Andrew Foreman got the Tigers on the board in the 21st minute, breaking a way on the right side and sending a low shot past Lions keeper Jacob Hillyer. Max Harvey made it 2-0 four minutes later after stealing a pass just outside the Bellarmine box, moving right past two defenders and drilling a shot between Hillyer and the right post.

Bellarmine’s best chance to score in the first half came in the 26th minute when Dacin Titus sent a nice chip over the Bellarmine defense and through keeper Ian Fry, but Alex Schneller slipped before he could get a shot off.

The Tigers increased it to 3-0 two minutes after halftime when Harvey’s header at goal was mishandled by Hillyer, and Garrett Harp sent in the follow-up shot on the back post. Ikeda put the game on ice in the 56th minute, swiftly moving around three defenders near the left of the box and squeezing a shot into the left side of goal.

The Lions finally got on the scoreboard in the 65th minute when Brendan Hartley outraced the Tigers’ defense and drove a shot into the left side. Jacob Beardemphl added Stadium’s final tally in the 77th minute.

The Tigers remain two points ahead of Central Kitsap in the league standings, as they will travel to face the Cougars on Tuesday in a match that will determine the Narrows 4A champion. The Lions’ loss, coupled with a draw tonight between Gig Harbor and South Kitsap, officially eliminates the Lions from postseason contention. They finish the season with a home match against Olympia on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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