Bellevue JV’s Tie with Shorewood at Innis Arden, Varsity Drops 2 Games to Shorewood
In the first cool weather game of the season so far, Bellevue matched up against Shorewood HS twice in a week. The first game last week on Monday was a surprise to Bellevue Varsity as they thought Shorewood would be an easy win to put into their portfolio. Shorewood has consistently strong players who can shoot successfully from outside, and also break through to shoot from inside the 5 meter. Bellevue managed to mostly shut down Shorewood’s players at the 2 meter line, with muscle from Aidric George, Bob Frazer and Tom Jamilov all wrestling for defensive advantage at the two meter position. Nevertheless, by the end of the first quarter it was clear that Bellevue would have to change their strategy if they could stay in a position to even the score. By the half Bellevue had only scored two goals; one from Frazer and one from Masters, while Shorewood had racked up 6 goals. Freshman Goalie, Sol Edwards kept the Shorewood team to only 8 points by the end of the game, but Bellevue had only added two more goals from Frazer and George; not enough to emerge victorious.
Bellevue traveled to Innis Arden on Saturday for their second game where Shorewood welcomed Bellevue to the Innis Arden pool with a $7 admission charge on Bellevue supporters. Hoping to get their money’s worth, Bellevue, the underdog and guest, came out strong and were only down by one at the half with the score at 6 – 5. Coach Jenna Frazer’s strategy of responding to Shorewood’s crash on the 2 meter shooters Frazer, Jamilov and George had been working and was an improvement over last Monday’s game, however, late in the third quarter Bellevue’s Big Guy Jamilov fouled out and Bellevue had to go forward without Jamilov’s power on defense and outside shooting. At this point, Shorewood had victory over Bellevue in range and then they just racked up the score, finishing over Bellevue 13 – 8. We will meet Shorewood again at the State Tournament in November.
Sol Edwards, freshman goalie, 6’2 inches, the son of two Australian Polo players, continues to shine. In his first year at Bellevue, Sol has been playing both Varsity and JV games. With his height. Sol dominates the shallow end goals, blocking shots and delivering pinpoint passes to Bellevue field players on fast break and he is learning to”Leg-Up” in the deep goal. Our goalie is supported by a JV team that will mature into strong players, and this is clear from the Jayvee’s performances at weekend tournaments and league games. At Saturday’s game against Shorewood, Bellevue Jayvees left the pool tied with Shorewood. Normally HS tie games are settled with extra quarters or sudden death periods, but because everyone was cold and ready to call it a tie, Referee Marvel proposed that the match be settled by the goalies doing hand-to-hand combat…Yes, the game was settled in three rounds of Rock-Paper-Scissors. Sol had their goalie at the start, flashing a paper against the Shorewood goalie’s rock. In the second round the Shorewood goalkeeper came up with scissors against Sol’s paper. Going into the final round, Sol went with the scissors, while the shorewood goalie threw a rock. Game over, Shorewood wins in overtime Jan-Ken-Po.