Bellarmine Prep ousts Jackson, 2-1

TACOMA — For 59 seconds Tuesday night, the Jackson girls soccer team looked unbeatable.

Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, their 4A opening-round playoff game with Bellarmine Prep lasted much longer than that.

Jackson scored in the first minute, then watched as the five-time state champion Lions slowly took over. By the time it was done, Bellarmine had a 2-1 victory at Mount Tahoma Stadium and the Timberwolves’ season was done.

“We were the away team and we wanted to go out and score first to set the tone. We did that,” Jackson head coach Mike Bartley said. “It was pretty even from there, we just didn’t get it done in the last five minutes.”

Bellarmine senior Kelly Watts knocked in the game-winner with just two minutes, 50 seconds left on the clock. She dribbled by two defenders on the play, then barely rifled a shot past the outstretched arms of Jackson goalkeeper K.C. Wilson.

Each team had numerous chances to score in the previous 37 minutes of the second half, before that one decided it. The Lions had 10 shots on goal for the game, including five in the second half. Jackson had nine for the game and five in the second half.

“I thought we were going to score on some of those corner kicks. We’re usually pretty good on those and we had about 10 chances,” Bartley said. “We just couldn’t get it in there.”

The opening goal came when midfielder Laura Hernandez booted a great pass to midfielder Megan Bolmes, who then knocked an uncontested shot in for the 1-0 lead.

Jackson seemed to continue to control the next 20 minutes, before Bellarmine found its stride. Eleven minutes before halftime, the Lions barely missed on a series of three shots directly in front of the goal, the last one hitting the cross bar. Seconds later, they did get on the board off a goal from senior midfielder Gabby Levandowski from 15 yards out to even the score at 1-1.

Early in the second half, each team just missed on header attempts only a few yards from the net. Wilson made three more saves for Jackson, including a block of an uncontested shot with just more than eight minutes remaining, before Watts booted through the game-winner.

The loss brings to a close the prep career of Jackson senior Kristi Kingma. The forward, who last year was named The Herald’s All-Area Player of the Year in basketball, is considered one of the top soccer and basketball players in the state.

She was one of three players on the Timberwolves’ roster who played in their final game Tuesday night.

“She’s been a huge part of our program. She had a damaged leg and she was out there running her butt off tonight. She’s just a great role model for her heart,” Bartley said. “All three of our seniors have been outstanding their entire careers and all season. The whole team wanted to win this season for those three seniors.”

Bellarmine moves onto the quarterfinals, where it is scheduled to face the winner of Olympia vs. Eastlake .

At Mount Tahoma Stadium

Goals— Jackson: Bolmes. Bellarmine Prep: Levandowski, Watts. Assists— Jackson: Hernandez. Goalkeepers—Jackson: Wilson. Bellarmine Prep: O’Brien, Pederson. Records—Jackson 15-2-1. Bellarmine 16-3-2.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Darrington baseball player Brevin Ross

The shortstop/catcher played five years of varsity baseball and also starred on the basketball team.

Shorewood alum Snell issues apology for part of rant

The Rays pitcher says he wishes he wouldn’t of said ‘I’m not playing unless I get mine.’

Community sports roundup: SnoCo Sports HoF banquet canceled

Plus, Snohomish County FC adds a women’s team, the Snohomish Soccer Dome gets new management and more.

Meadowdale softball player Kate Houghton

The standout pitcher will play college softball at Central Connecticut State University.

Prep notebook: Kamiak hires new boys wrestling coach

Plus, a Meadowdale junior gets picked for the WIAA LEAP Committee.

Mariners begin ‘summer camp’ at T-Mobile Park

But the workouts look a whole lot different amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Marysville Pilchuck soccer player Edgar Martinez

Standout defender also kicked for the football team and shares a name with a Seattle Mariners icon.

What’s next for Mariners’ minor-leaguers?

The the minor-league season canceled, most young players will be left to work out on their own.

AquaSox season over after MLB cancels minor-league season

In a statement, the team said it looks “forward to having AquaSox baseball back at Funko Field in 2021.”

Everett Merchants’ season canceled due to pandemic

The semi-pro summer baseball team was hoping to play its 47th season under coach Harold Pyatte.

Empty stands at Emerald Downs leave empty feeling inside

The reality of the summer sets in when witnessing first-hand empty stands at a sporting event.

Canadian Hockey League hit with abuse lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges the CHL and its member leagues have been complicit in the abuse of underage players.