By Christopher Wood
The previous match this season between the two teams was on September 11, which was a tie of 1-1.
“We had everything to lose today,” said Adam Fenster, BCC men’s soccer coach. “They had nothing to lose.”
The play of the first half was very physical with lots of shoving and yelling between the teams. The only yellow card handed out during the first half was to Ray Moffatte, a Tacoma defender.
Bellevue kept the game on Tacoma’s side of the field, with lots of shots at Tacoma’s goal box. This is something that Bellevue kept up the entire game with 20 shots for the entire team.
The scoreless ice that was the first half was broken open by a goal by Matt Eronemo with an assist by Hailu Gebrekidan at 33 minutes.
During half time, Fenster said that his team was too fast and not ready when taking shots, and that Tacoma would be coming out hard the first five minutes of the half.
And hard they came, keeping BCC out of scoring position for the first 25 minutes of the half.
Bellevue’s second goal was achieved with Vini Olivera kicking a goal right over the shoulder of the Tacoma Keeper. With the assist by Robayo Gilberto, this gave Bellevue a 2-0 lead at 70 minutes.
This was followed by another goal by Olivera three minutes later giving Bellevue the game winning score of 3-0.
“This was a bad game for me,” said Olivera, “but I was happy when I made those two goals.”
The win improves Bellevue’s record to 9-0-2.