OLYMPIA — Bellarmine Prep controlled the flow of the game, but the Olympia Bears controlled the big moments – and their emotions – for a 1-0 4A Narrows League girls soccer victory Thursday night at Ingersoll Stadium.
The Bears, outshot 12-3, broke through in the 76th minute, when Jenna Killman beat Lions goalkeeper Madison Covell to a crossing pass from Sadie Forte on the left sideline and tapped it home from 8 yards out.
Killman, a freshman starting on Olympia’s Senior Night, had also scored the Bears’ only goal in the first meeting between the teams, a 1-1 draw earlier in October.
“We had just made the change to put Jenna at forward,” Olympia coach Tessa Effland said. “Two minutes after we put her up top, we score.”
Effland said she believes the emotional strain of saying goodbye to seniors Maggie Debell and Melanie Pedigo took a toll on Olympia (11-3-2 overall, 7-3-2 Narrows).
“We played a beautiful game on Tuesday against Stadium. Tonight was a big game and it was Senior Night. We got caught up in that and had a lot of emotions,” she said. “We told the girls at halftime they could save their tears, cry after the game. They never stopped playing hard.”
Goalkeeper Sophie Kabel came up big for Olympia late in the first half. A Bellarmine shot hit the left post as Kabel dived for it, but she was able to pop up and save a rebound try directed right at the goal. Kabel finished with six saves, five coming in the first half as the Lions (8-2-4, 5-2-4 with a league game against first-place Gig Harbor yet to be played) controlled the game with its long passing.
The Lions had the game’s only corner kicks (five), and Covell was never called upon to make a save. Again, the emotions hampered the Bears’ ball-control system, Effland said.
“We can’t be emotional and play our style well,” she said. “But the 22 girls on this team never gave up on a night when the ball was on our half of the field most of the game.”
While the Bears never worked free for a clear shot until Killman’s winner, they did get a couple of threatening runs toward the goal in the first half.
First Sarah Snodgrass, then, later, Maia Halvorson dribbled nicely between the Lions’ defense but ultimately saw the ball poked free both times.