Lightning delays Lions’ early strike

Olympia allows goals to 4A Narrows rival Bellarmine Prep in first and last minutes of first half to lose control

Contributing writerApril 16, 2013 

OLYMPIA — Olympia needed to play a mistake-free match if it wanted to have a chance to knock off Bellarmine Prep, which has dominated the series between the two schools for more than a decade.

Too bad for the Bears, miscues surfaced rather quickly — less than 30 seconds into the weather-delayed contest — ending any thoughts of upset.

Shane Hallahan scored 20 seconds into the match and Drew Barker added two goals and an assist to help the visiting Lions defeat the Bears, 4-1, in 4A Narrows League boys soccer Monday at Ingersoll Stadium.

“Both (Bellarmine Prep) goals in the first half were due to our mistakes,” Olympia coach Ty Johnson said. “They scored in the first 20 seconds and in the last 20 seconds in the first half because of our mistakes. You make mistakes against a team like Bellarmine and they are going to capitalize on them, and that’s what they did.”

The Bears, who have lost four consecutive matches, dropped to 2-5-1 overall and 1-5-1 in league play.

Ian Hess scored for the Bears, but the Lions tallied the final three goals to improve their overall mark to 5-3-1 and even their league record at 3-3-1.

Olympia maintained possession for much of the first half, registering seven shots on goal, but still trailed 2-1 at the intermission after the Lions followed up their early score by adding a second goal with 22 seconds to go in the first half.

The start of the match was delayed approximately 40 minutes after the threat of lightning caused officials to clear players from the field.

Bellarmine needed little time to grab a lead once play finally began. The Lions took advantage of a sloppy Olympia pass, which ultimately resulted in Hallahan’s goal.

“It was just a bad pass by the back line,” Johnson said, “and they took advantage of it.”

Hess tied the contest at 1 with his goal in the 22nd minute. He dribbled down the left side of the field before powering a shot toward the far post.

A sliding Davis Behnke of Bellarmine attempted to knock the ball out of bounds, but accidentally punched it past goalkeeper Jacob Hillyer and into the back of the net to give the Bears the equalizer.

With the first half winding down, the Lions got a perfectly placed free kick from 30 yards out from Drew Barker, whose drive floated directly to the far post.

Olympia goalkeeper Davin Johnson was able to knock the ball down, but failed to secure it, allowing Connor Thompson to tap in the rebound, giving the Lions a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Chris Harrison pushed the Lions’ lead to 3-1 with his goal in the 55th minute, while Barker notched his second goal in the 71st minute.

The two squads meet again in Tacoma on May 7 in the regular-season finale for both schools.

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