Bellarmine Prep Wins 4A State Football Title, Beats Skyline

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The Bellarmine Boys Soccer Team holds the championship trophy celebrating their 1-0 4A State Championship win at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, WA., Saturday, May 28, 2022.

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After 14 long years, the Bellarmine Prep Lions men’s soccer team can once again call themselves champions.

The Lions took on Skyline Spartans on Saturday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

The rainy, cold weather and roaring fans set the stage for the 4A State Championship. Both teams started strong in the first half, but the Lions struck first on a corner kick from sophomore Jaggar Judkins, giving Bellarmine a 1-0 advantage.

Skyline would lapse in their defense and with the help of second student Jaggar Judkins, Bellarmine would put the first points on the board within the first seven minutes of the game. With Bellarmine leading the Spartans 1-0.

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Bellarmine midfielder Ryan Hundven defends the ball against Skyline forward Eli Jason during the 4A Boys Soccer State Champions at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, WA. on Saturday May 28, 2022. Bellarmine defeated Skyline 1 -0. Claire Grant [email protected]

The Spartans defense stiffened for the remainder of the game, but Skyline struggled to get the ball in the goal, finding no way past the defense set up by senior Jack Radovich and juniors Liam Miller and Jayson Baldwin .

In the end, the Lions players lifted the 4A State Champion Trophy. That was always the plan, Baldwin said.

“We knew what kind of team we had and from day one we were hoping for this moment here and look at it, we pulled it off,” he said.

Working together was key, Bellarmine head coach Jim Dempsey said.

“We knew we had a great group of guys and so the plan was just to make sure that throughout the season we built the unity of the team because we knew it was going to be a tough race,” did he declare. “We knew we had a team that could potentially challenge for the state championship, but we also knew we had to pull together to get there.”

The team hadn’t played their best game of the season, he added, praising the group’s tenacity. They stayed true to their strengths.

“I think the big key was right, we’ve talked about this before, just do what we know how to do. We haven’t had to change things too much throughout the season. It’s just a matter of whether we’re playing our best games or not. Honestly, we didn’t have our best game tonight, but we still persevered and went all the way,” Dempsey said.

Miller, the tough defenseman, called it a win for the program as well as the team.

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The Bellarmine Boys Soccer Team runs to the crowd to celebrate winning the 4A State Championship at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, WA., Saturday, May 28, 2022. Clare Grant [email protected]

“It really means a lot in the Bellarmine community,” he said. “I just feel wonderful to be part of this community and to be part of the state championship for 2022.”

Bellarmine’s roaring fan section, emotional players and happiness filled the aftermath when the game finally ended and the Lions were crowned. Baldwin ran out of words to describe it.

“It’s more than I can explain. It’s just the love of the game and everyone here.

This story was originally published May 28, 2022 10:34 p.m.

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