Bellevue College Athletics provided the following updates on the college's mens and womens soccer teams.
BULLDOGS HANDLE VISITING RED DEVILS
Bellevue College women’s soccer team took control of the match from start to finish on Wednesday, Oct. 10, against the visiting Lower Columbia College Red Devils. Freshman Alicia Bowman made it 1-0 in the 14th minute on an assist from Gabby Rodriguez, and only 14 minutes later the two connected again, this time with Bowman assisting and giving Rodriguez the opportunity to score her ninth goal of the season, and ended the half 2-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Bellevue started the second half strong with Bowman heading another goal in the 46th minute on an assist from freshman Avery Linn. Bulldog Tatum Ross put the finishing touches to make it 4-0 in the 87th minute on a Halle Rice assist. “We created many opportunities to score throughout the match and managed to finish four times,” said Bellevue assistant coach Kiko Magana. “We did an excellent job to win the midfield battle and hold the ball for a good amount of possession.” The Bulldogs took 11 shots compared to Lower Columbia’s one in the match.
SASQUATCH TOO MUCH FOR BULLDOGS; BC WOMEN LOSE 4-1
It was a tale of two halves for Bellevue College women’s soccer team on Saturday, Oct. 13, as they took on the East Region #1 team, the Spokane Sasquatch. The opening 15 minutes were showcased by Spokane’s offensive threat, but initially kept at bay by strong goalkeeping by Bellevue freshman Sophie Rockow who ended the match with a total of six saves. The Bulldogs settled into their own rhythm and found the back of the net first with a stunning right-footed shot by freshman Tatum Ross, on an assist from Isabella Stribling. It was the eighth goal of the season for Ross. Bellevue ended the half with the lead 1-0.
The second half, however, was a different story. The Sasquatch flew onto the field and wasted no time putting up three goals on the Bulldogs in the first 16 minutes to take a 3-1 lead. In the 62nd minute, Spokane found the net one last time from a corner and wrapped up the match 4-1. “Unfortunately for Bellevue, this was a great example of how important it is to stay focused throughout the entire match,” said assistant coach Kiko Magana. “We began the second half flat and conceded three goals. We played good enough in the first half to take the lead but Spokane created more opportunities in the second half and capitalized on them.” The loss takes Bellevue to 6-2-1 in the league, 8-3-1 overall.
Bellevue College women will host powerhouse rival Peninsula College (9-1-0, 14-1-0) on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Starfire Sports Complex with a kick-off time of 1:00 p.m.
BC MEN’S SOCCER STILL IN HUNT FOR LEAGUE WIN
The Bellevue College men’s soccer team traveled across the state to face the Spokane Sasquatch in search of the elusive first league win on Saturday, Oct. 13, but came away disappointed. Spokane came charging out in the 2nd minute to score their first goal in what would turn out to be a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs. However, Bellevue’s defense held strong throughout the remainder of most of the first half, not allowing another Spokane goal until the 40th minute, with the Sasquatch holding the lead at half time, 2-0.
In the second half, the Bulldogs returned to defense mode, but were unable to find the back of the net themselves. Spokane zipped in the final score in the 89th minute, handing the Bulldogs a 3-0 loss.
Next up, the Bulldog men host the 2011 NWAACC Champion Peninsula Pirates who stand unbeaten in the league so far at 8-0-0. The teams meet Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, for a 3:15 p.m. start time.