TACOMA — Ties don’t add up well in winning Narrows League 4A girls’ soccer championships.
But that was the result Tuesday between host Bellarmine Prep and Olympia. The Bears scored early, the Lions countered right before halftime — and the two league rivals left with a 1-1 draw at Memorial Field in Tacoma.
“Most people coming up here getting a tie would be happy,” Olympia coach Tessa Effland said. “We have really high expectations for the team. I think we came out really flat. We were lucky they came out flat, also.”
Indeed, neither coach was thrilled with the level of soccer coming from their respective squads.
Olympia’s best attack came in the first 15 minutes, eventually cashing in when a shot deflected off Bellarmine Prep goalkeeper Madison Covell and came right to Jenna Killman.
Killman struck a low liner inside the right corner of the goalpost in the 12th minute to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
The Lions got their tally in the 39th minute — unintentionally. Senior defender Chanelle Pederson tried to send a corner kick to the far post for a teammate, but curled it too much — and it went off the hands of Olympia goalkeeper Sophie Kaple and into the goal.
It was Pederson’s first goal of the season.
The Lions (3-2-2, 2-1-2 in Narrows 4A) played a better second half but had nothing to show for it. They had a late header in front of the Bears’ goal that was saved by Carly Becker, who came on in the second half to play goalkeeper.
Bellarmine Prep outshot the Bears 8-7, and had the only two corner kicks of the match. Olympia (6-1-2, 3-1-2) still leads the league in scoring with 17 goals.
“It feels like an opportunity that we missed,” Bellarmine Prep coach Joey Waters said. “This is a game that we could have and should have probably won, and we did not do enough to do that.”Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org @ManyHatsMilles