Olympia stuns Bellarmine Prep with 3-0 blowout

GIRLS SOCCER: Bears hand 5-time Narrows League champion worst loss since 2007

Staff writerOctober 3, 2012 

TACOMA – Sarah Snodgrass, Faith Cebula and Brooklynn Hooper scored goals as the Olympia girls soccer team handed Bellarmine Prep its worst loss in five years, 3-0, on Tuesday.

The last time a school beat Bellarmine Prep that badly was in 2007, when Oregon powerhouse Central Catholic won, 3-0, in a nonleague game. And not since 2009 had the five-time Narrows League 4A champions been shut out on their home field in a league match.

Snodgrass’ 18-yard blast in the 19th minute was the game-winner for the Bears (5-1 overall, 4-1 Narrows), but the real decisive score came late in the first half.

Defender Megan Spataro sent in an indirect kick from 25 yards out that somehow cleared the entire Bellarmine Prep defense and went right to Cebula, who laced a low header just inside the left post in the 38th minute.

It was an especially gratifying sequence for Cebula, who missed the 2011 season with a severe knee injury.

Hooper scored in the 55th minute. Goalkeeper Olivia Brock earned the shutout.

“We are a new team with just a handful of returners. We’ve had some good games, and some not-so-good games,” Olympia coach Tessa Effland said. “Tonight, we found a system that works for us.”

The Bears moved into second place in the league behind Gig Harbor. Bellarmine Prep (5-2, 3-1) dropped to third place.

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