Stadium did not get on the board until midway through the first half at Bellarmine Prep. But once the Tigers notched their first goal, the floodgates opened as they cruised to a 5-1 win over the Lions to keep a slight edge in the race for the Narrows 4A title.
Andrew Foreman got the Tigers on the board in the 21st minute, breaking away on the left side and sending a low shot past Lions keeper Jacob Hillyer.
“We noticed they were dropping off a lot, so we exploited that by going wide,” Foreman said. “We were using our backs to move forward, and that’s kind of where we get our momentum from.”
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.
“(He’s) the most underrated player on the team,” said Stadium head coach Adam Becker of Harp. “I love the kid…he’s a luxury to have out there.”
Bryce Ikeda put the game away 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 game was the most recent showcase off the Tigers’ offensive diversity, as five different players scored goals.
“We feed off each other,” said Foreman of the trio of himself, Harvey and Beardemphl. “They want to double team us, which gives us more room to feed it out. Our goals are evenly distributed throughout the whole team.”
The Lions’ loss, coupled with a draw between Gig Harbor and South Kitsap, officially eliminated them from postseason contention. With a chance at the Narrows 4A title, the Tigers fell 3-1 at Central Kitsap on May 7 to take the second seed to the district playoffs. They will play at noon on May 11 at Mount Tahoma Stadium.