Bellarmine Prep never recovered from a sluggish start and lost to host Snohomish, 3-1, in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state boys soccer tournament Saturday.
“I didn’t really think we got going to the fashion that we have in the past,” Bellarmine Prep coach Joe Waters said. “I don’t really know if that was down to what Snohomish did or if we just weren’t ready for the game.”
Unable to muster much of an attack or dangerous opportunities in the final third of the match, Bellarmine was left defending much of the contest.
Unfortunately for the Lions and goalkeeper Dylan Zurfluh, the Snohomish front line was potent and opportunistic, getting goals from Tanner Corrie (seventh minute) and Kristian Barney (50th minute).
However, it was senior Blake Crutchfield in the 70th minute who sealed the contest with a 40-yard free kick goal into the upper corner. Crutchfield was equally as dangerous on other set pieces throughout the contest, with a 35-yard throw-in constantly putting the Bellarmine Prep back line under pressure.
“That’s normally what we do, but we didn’t do it as well tonight as we have in the past,” Waters said of taking advantage of goal-scoring opportunities. “That’s the way the game goes. Sometimes it’s your day and sometimes it’s not. That doesn’t diminish what these guys have done all season. … They’ve been terrific. One game where you haven’t been at the level that you needed to be to win these things, we were just below that level tonight. That’s what hurts you.”
Down 2-0 in the 62nd minute, Bellarmine Prep got one back as Alex Schneller found the net.
With the ball bouncing around in the crowded penalty box, Schneller came up on the right side for a tap-in goal as Snohomish goalkeeper Cameron Beardsley, already on the ground, was unable to scramble to his feet in time.
Up comfortably at half, 2-0, Auburn Riverside gave up two goals to Glacier Peak in the second half.
However, the Ravens were able to regroup and scored the winner in the 80th minute as freshman Jakob Middlebrooks was able to chip a shot over Glacier Peak goalkeeper Sahm Noorfeshan, who was stuck at the 6-yard box, to the back post.