After losing a wealth of experience last year, Bellevue head girls soccer coach Matt Dorman has needed his underclassmen to step up.
“We lost eight seniors this year, and it was a big test at the beginning to get some leadership back in,” Dorman said. “But it’s really exciting to see some new leaders grow in the group, and with any program and any time in the year, people rise to the occasion.”
The younger players did just that tonight when sophomore Anastasia Justus scored the Wolverines only goal in the 69th minute against Mercer Island.
Justus’ lone goal lifted Bellevue over the Islanders 1-0, securing the KingCo 3A regular season title and the No. 1 seed going into the Sea-King District tournament Monday.
Justus’ goal was initiated by a corner kick from Bellevue’s Sophie Butterfield. Katie Foster headed the ball to Justus, who knocked it into the left corner of the net.
“It deflected, and it just happened to be in front of me,” said Justus. “I just hit it in. I didn’t really think about anything.”
It was Justus’ first Varsity goal.
Bellevue’s Anastasia Justus scored the game-winner in the 69th minute against Mercer Island. #k5preps https://t.co/hD5GZwEI9Q
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Mercer Island had several chances in the second half, but none of them cleared.
This is the second time Bellevue has beaten the Islanders this season. The Wolverines also beat Mercer Island 1-0 on Oct. 6. The two teams will meet again Monday in the first round of the Sea-King District tournament. The winner of that match will win a state tournament bid, and the loser will go to a Metro crossover state play-in game.
“This is not the end of the road for us,” Camden said. “We’ll bounce back from this. They’re a trusting unit together.”