In the past two seasons, midseason swoons have led to late season surges for the Bellarmine Prep girls’ soccer team.
And apparently the Lions are set to follow that same blueprint – hopefully with similar results.
Not since 2009 had the five-time Narrows League 4A champions been shut out on their home field in a league match, but it happened – and thoroughly as Olympia blanked the Lions, 3-0, at Memorial Field on Tuesday.
The jockeying behind league leader Gig Harbor continues. The Bears (5-1, 4-1) moved into second place alone, and Bellarmine Prep (5-2, 3-1) dropped to third place.
Sarah Snodgrass’s 18-yard blast in the 19th minute was the game-winner for the Bears. But the real back-breaking score came late in the first half.
Defender Megan Spataro sent in an indirect kick from 25 yards out that somehow cleared the entire Bellarmine Prep defense, and right to Faith Cebula, who laced a low header just inside the left post in the 38th minute.
It was an especially gratifying sequence for Cebula, who missed the entire 2011 season with a severe knee injury.
Bellarmine Prep coach Joey Waters indicated this team has been down this road before, including last season when the Lions lost to Olympia, then ran off 11 consecutive victories en route to the Class 4A title match, losing to Skyline.
“Momentum can build as quickly as it dies off,” Waters said.