UPDATE: We’re going to a shootout!
Bellarmine Prep wins 4-3 in the shootout. Just a brutal way to decide it championship, but the same is said at all levels of the game.
Here are a couple extra quotes from Puyallup coach Matt White about his team.
“The one thing I do want to say is I’m incredibly thankful, for this group of boys.”
“Win, lose. How do you not be thankful for the effort they put in?”
“We give up a goal late. Other teams would just crumble and that would be it. Instead we go into overtime and thumped them in overtime, and still almost won. It just shows again what kind of amazing team this is.”
UPDATE: After regulation, it’s tied 1-1. We’re going to overtime!
Justin Veltung put Puyallup ahead in the 72nd minute with a great goal and even greater celebration (he jumped up into the stands and the waiting arms of excited classmates, only to get a yellow card when he came down).
Bellarmine Prep equalized in the 78th minute on a header by Elliot Morton off a corner kick. The Lions nearly scored the game-winner with 10 seconds left but John McDonald’s header was saved by Kyle Bilharz.
UPDATE: After one half in the Class 4A championship, Bellarmine Prep and Puyallup are scoreless.
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Camas just won the Class 3A state championship 5-0 over Kennedy. The score depicts exactly how the game went. The Papermakers were simply superior in every aspect of the game.
Quinton Beasley had two goals and two assists as Camas won its second title in three years. They were runners-up last year to Hazen.
Kennedy coach Brian Mullen, though disappointed by the loss, had nothing but great things to say about his team’s season.
“It was a tremdendous run on our part. It’s something thse guys will remember for a long time. I know I will.”
Camas senior Brent Richards, the Gatorade State Player of the Year and a Washington recruit had one goal and said, “There’s no feeling like it. It doesn’t get old either.”
Richards missed prep soccer last year. Faced with an injury he decided to dedicate the year to club soccer.
When asked to compare this year’s state run to the last two, Beasley said, “This one’s gotta be the sweetest. 5-0 against your opponent, I mean that feels great.”
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Both third-fourth games are over.
In the 3A, Mercer Island handled Lakeside 4-0. With goals from Chris Morris, Taylor Ward, Derek Johnson and Nick Ward.
In 4A, Eastlake survived a late-charging Beamer to win 2-1. Jordan Softli and Gordon Savage scored for the Wolves. Troy Peterson scored the Titans goal on a penalty kick.
Tonight we have the title games between Camas and Kennedy in the 3A, then Bellarmine Prep vs. Puyallup in 4A.