Soccer field

A stalemate on the football field

Things looked bleak for the Bellevue Wolverines women’s soccer team at halftime in a 3A KingCo game against the Lake Washington Kangaroos.

Lake Washington scored twice in the first half (Emma Escbach scored in the 10th minute, Taylor Welle scored in the 27th minute), taking a 2-0 halftime lead.

The Wolverines never gave up despite the deficit.

Bellevue cut Lake Washington’s lead to 2-1 on a 52nd-minute Grace Nesbitt goal. With less than two minutes left in regulation time, Bellevue tied the game at 2-2 on a goal by Wolverines junior team captain Courtney Serres.

The game ended in overtime with neither team scoring in the two five-minute overtime sessions as the Wolverines and Kangaroos battled to a 2-2 draw on September 13 at Bellevue Memorial Stadium.

Lake Washington head coach Ashton Staudacher remained optimistic despite the draw against one of his biggest rivals. Lake Washington currently has a 3-1-1 overall record at this point in the 2018 season.

“It’s always a fun game. We love playing at Bellevue. You know you’re going to have a great game of football. Peter is a great coach and always has a great game plan,” Staudacher said of the Bellevue coach Peter Cochran “They (Bellevue) came out and fought. One of their athletes (Serres) scored a stellar goal from a corner kick. I told our girls you couldn’t do a lot to stand up for that. Kudos to that kid. We went out and fought and gave it our all. That’s all I can ask for.

Staudacher expects his team to challenge for a 3A KingCo title at the end of October.

“We definitely want to win KingCo. It’s not out of reach,” she said.

Cochran was delighted to see his team bounce back from a shaky first half. Wolverines’ overall record in the 2018 season so far is 0-2-2.

“Our team showed me something and showed themselves something. We showed a lot of courage, which is necessary to come back the way we did. Lake Washington is traditionally a very strong team and they will be there (playoff hunt) at the end of the season,” Cochran said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the girls for the way they fought back and leveled the game. Every time we play Lake Washington, it’s a hotly contested game. We didn’t start as strong as we have in recent years and we needed a game where some things were starting to go well for us.

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