Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
                                Bellevue Wolverines senior captain Kiley Suter, right, battles with a Kamiakin player for possession of the ball in the Class 3A state third/fourth place matchup on Nov. 18 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography Bellevue Wolverines senior captain Kiley Suter, right, battles with a Kamiakin player for possession of the ball in the Class 3A state third/fourth place matchup on Nov. 18 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Wolverines finish in fourth place at state soccer tournament

The Bellevue Wolverines girls soccer team put together a memorable season on the soccer pitch in 2017.

Bellevue saw its season conclude, courtesy of a 1-0 loss to the Kamiakin Braves in the Class 3A state soccer third/fourth place matchup on Nov. 18 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. The Wolverines finished with an overall record of 14-7-1. Bellevue, which won the Class 3A state championship in 2016, unveiled some solid scoring opportunities in the second half but couldn’t convert with the game-tying goal to force overtime.

Bellevue head coach Peter Cochran was pleased with his team’s showing during the 2017 season.

“Of course any time we get to the final four, (semifinals of state tournament) we feel honored by that. These girls are fantastic players and I’m super proud of the effort they gave,” Cochran said.

The Wolverines will graduate 11 seniors off of this year’s team this June.

“We’ve had two consecutive years where we’ve had extraordinary senior classes. We’ll miss them. For this program, this is our fifth final four in six years. For a lot of these girls, all they know is Sparks Stadium,” Cochran said of the state tournament site in Puyallup. “We have a slightly different mentality in terms of how we view fourth (place). Especially being the defending champions from last year. It is still very bittersweet and will take us a while to digest but after that we’ll look at it as a very positive year.”

Cochran said every player on the roster had the opportunity to compete in the final game of the season against Kamiakin.

“The thing I’m proudest about is that we got every single one of our players into the game today. Of course we would have liked to finish in third but honestly the more important thing to me is that we honor the girls on our roster and they all got a chance to play. They did today,” he said.


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