Great article by Matt Massey on Jojo and the Bellevue Girls Soccer Team
Jojo Harber Powers Bellevue into 3A Soccer Showdown with Edmonds-Woodway
Also, Matt Massey summary of matchup between Bellevue and Edmonds-Woodway
BELLEVUE — A night of frustration was lifted for the Bellevue High School girls soccer team in the 70th minute.
The sting of two penalty kicks being turned away earlier was abated with one beautiful strike of the foot.
Sophomore forward Kiley Suter tallied a goal in the 70th minute as Bellevue turned back Mercer Island 1-0 to claim its third consecutive KingCo 3A championship Monday night at Bellevue High.
Suter, who was denied on a penalty kick earlier in the match, hit a side-winding 13-yard strike into the far left corner of the net in the 70th minute for the Wolverines.
“Basically, we just needed a goal and we just worked together as a team and we just finished our chance right there,” said Suter. “She’s (the MI goalkeeper) not the tallest, so I tried going for the top (of the goal) and I just ripped it as hard as I could.”
The goal was Suter’s ninth of the season and the Wolverines dug in defensively after that for the final 10 minutes.
The night could’ve ended on a sad note for Bellevue with the two PK misses.
“It was a little bit of a surprise (to miss two PKs), but we just came back strong after that,” Suter said. “The ref explained that it was her mistake on my rebound on the first PK, but I just let it go.”
Bellevue (12-4-0) qualifies for the Class 3A state tournament as the Sea-King District No. 2 seed and meets the No. 2 seed from the Northwest District (WesCo 3A).
Bellevue earned a penalty kick in the 32nd minute when Suter was fouled in the penalty area by Mercer Island’s Piper Casey. In the 33rd minute, Suter’s PK was blocked by the Islanders’ Bella Johnson and then she buried the rebound, but it was waved off by the head referee.
The referee told the Bellevue side the goal was wiped out because Suter, the kicker, was the first player to touch the ball. The rules state that once another player — from either team — touches the ball, then the kicker can contact the ball legally.
“They said if it’s a deflection off the keeper that the forward can’t be the next person to touch the ball,” said Bellevue coach Matthew Dorman. “And, I said, ‘No.’ If it hits an upright, the forward can’t touch the ball, but if the keeper saves it then the forward can touch it.
“At the end of the day, it was 1-0.”
Mercer Island fell to 13-4-0.
The Bellevue High girls varsity soccer team is midway through its season with a King Co. 3A/2A record of 5 wins and 1 loss. The Wolverines had a big win last week against a previously undefeated Mercer Island team(1-0), thanks to an unpenetrable defense and a thrilling goal by sophomore midfielder Carly Tudor. Other wins have been against Juanita (5-1), Sammamish (4-2), Lake Washington (3-0) and Interlake (3-2), and the team's only loss is to Liberty (0-2). Sophomore Kiley Suter and Freshman Grace Nesbitt lead the team in scoring with 6 goals each, while junior Sophie Butterfield has 3 goals. Senior captain Britley Gaan (goalkeeper) and senior Noelle Mitchell, have led the squad's defense while junior captain Katie Foster has maintained a steady presence in the midfield.
Last year was a dream season for the Bellevue Wolverines soccer squad.
The Wolverines, who finished with an overall record of 18-2, captured fourth place at the Class 3A state soccer tournament at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup in November 2014.
The Wolverines were undefeated until the Class 3A semifinals. Bellevue senior goalie Brittley Gaan, who split time as the team’s starting goalie last season, will be the Wolverines full-time goalie in 2015.
“We’re coming back from an undefeated regular season. I’m very confident in our team. We have a lot of new players and I’m very excited for this season. We just work so well together as a team,” Gaan said. “We always want to stay confident and stay positive. We want to make sure we never get down on ourselves. The priority is to have our team be like a family.”
Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Gaan a few questions about her life away from the soccer field.
Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite eatery in Bellevue?
Brittley Gaan: Din Tai Fung. It is in Lincoln Square. I love dumplings, soup and noodles.
BR: What is your dream vacation spot?
BG: I’m a big cruiser. I love going on ships and being in the sun. I would love to go to the Bahamas.
BR: What is the last movie you saw in a theater?
BG: The new Terminator movie. It was amazing. The new one is really good.
BR: Who is your pick to win the Super Bowl this February?
BG: The Seattle Seahawks.
BR: How many text messages do you send per day?
BG: Maybe 20. I’m not much of a texter, I’m more into Snapchat.
BR: What is your biggest pet peeve?
BG: When people don’t follow their heart or follow their dreams. I like it when people follow their dreams and don’t ever give up. Practice makes perfect
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Pre-Season Teams to Watch by Matt Massey
Bellevue – The Wolverines will still be a talented team despite losing Jojo Harber (15 goals, 2 assists) to higher-level soccer, the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team camp. The 2014 squad went 18-2-0 and tied a school record by finishing fourth at Class 3A state, dropping a 3-0 decision to eventual state champ, Edmonds Woodway, in the 3A semifinals. Junior Sophie Butterfield (attacking midfielder/forward), junior Katie Foster (holding midfielder) and senior Noelle Mitchell (defender) give the Wolverines the talent at each position to put them in the state mix again.
Edmonds Woodway – The Warriors lose their top player – Madison Schultz – to higher-level soccer and that will be a big loss. Schultz moves on to U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team camp and E-W must fill a big hole in the lineup with multiple players. Schultz, who is hoping to start school at University of North Carolina early, put up 32 goals and 3 assists last season, so a group effort will be needed. Alison Monroe and Ellie Shull could be this year’s playmakers.
Shorecrest – The Scots lost three of the 2A state runner-up team’s four defenders, but return offensive standouts Alexa Iacolucci, Rachael Moulton and Sophia Viviano. Can that trio of seniors offset the loss of steady experience at the back? Shorecrest looks to get back to the 2A final again – losing 2-1 to Squalicum in 2014 – but the task looks tougher.Jackson – The Timberwolves (16-5-1) were a surprise Class 4A finalist in 2014, but they talent returning will make them a targeted team in 2015. Jackson had six key returners back, led by two senior players committed to NCAA Division I programs in MF Madison Cooley (Gonzaga) and Kristina Serres (Boise State). Another late-season run could have the program talking 4A state title.
Issaquah – The Eagles have the firepower to contend for the school’s fourth state title in girls soccer in 2015. The program, which won state crowns in 2004, 2005 and 2007, has reached state nine times in the past 10 seasons and made seven trips to the state finals during that time. In addition to Pang, key returners for the Eagles are seniors D Madison Phan, GK Anna Mille, MFs Tori Lawless (midfielder) and Carly Danner and sophomores D Kirstie Johnson and F Catey Nelson.
Kentridge – The Chargers (13-2-2) have some unfinished business to attend to in 2015 after ending 2014 with a painful first round defeat in the Class 4A state playoff to Gig Harbor 2-1. KR has plenty of young, improving talent to contend again in the state tournament. Back for the Chargers are four of the best players in the league in senior F Peyton Chick (11 goals, 2 assists), junior F Sophia Chiczuk (9 goals, 6 assists), junior MF Olivia Vanderjagt (5 goals, 4 assists) and junior D Grace Klinkenberg. Add freshman MF/D Ashley Gormlee and junior MF Emily Sugimoto, who returns from injury after missing last fall, and KR will be tough to overhaul. KR is 0-5 in state action with four first-round exits and this team hopes to change those fortunes.
King’s – With first-team 1A all-state defender Anna Parker back and second-team 1A all-state goalkeeper Madeline Nielson back, the Knights will no doubt be strong on defense. King’s went all the way to the 1A state-title match in 2014, falling to Klahowya 1-0 in the finale and that was after going 13-0-1 in the Cascade Conference. The Knights are off to 2-0-1 start in 2015 with a 1-1 tie against 3A Kennedy Catholic.
Liberty (Issaquah) – The Patriots reached the 2A state quarterfinals in 2014, only to fall 4-3 to 2A state runner-up Shorecrest and finish 11-6-3. The team’s leading scorer, forward Makenna Carr, is back for her junior year to build on totals of 19 goals and 2 assists last fall. Also bolstering the lineup are senior MF Jordan Hemmen (8 goals, 7 assists) and junior F Sydney Abel (4 goals, 5 assists).
Sumner – The Spartans have turned into an SPSL 3A and 2A juggernaut in recent years under coach Robi Turley. This season should be no different in SPSL 3A except for a younger cast of characters. The lost to 4A Tahoma 3-1 to open the season, then bounced back to take its SPSL 3A opener 1-0 at Auburn Mountainview. Junior D Jordan Thompson, who has verbally committed to Gonzaga University, anchors the defense as returning All-SPSL 3A first-team selection. Also back is sophomore F Sam Larberg, who was named All-SPSL 3A second team as freshman. Two incoming freshmen – D Jaylin Borden and F Luxee Cardin – should have an impact on the team’s success.
Holy Names – The Cougars return nine starters from last season’s 15-6-0 team that won the Metro League tournament championship, giving them the experience to succeed in 2015. Holy Names, second to Seattle Prep in the Metro Sound Division, reached the Class 3A quarterfinals, but lost there to Columbia River 5-0 but gained valuable postseason experience. Leading the charge on offense is senior MF Annie Flora, who had 3 goals and 8 assists last season. Also key returners are senior MF Claire Tevaseu, a Montana State-Billings commit, and junior Ds Katy Mockett and Sam Miller. So far the team is off to a 4-0-1 start in 2015 with a 17-2 goals advantage. The Cougars last reached the 3A state semifinals in 2012 and they won their only state title in 1999.
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