(BELLEVUE, WA) - Bellevue started league play with a home game against the Bothell Cougars Wednesday night. The game began under threatening skies, but what looked like it could be a wet one turned out to be fairly nice night, with temperatures in the mid 50's and little or no rain.
The Wolverines jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, and it looked like it could be a route. The Cougars had other ideas, though, and answered with two goals of their own and the first quarter ended with a one point advantage for Bellevue. The second quarter had a similar feel as Bellevue scored twice to extend their lead, only to have the Cougars battle back with two of their own to make it 5-4. Just before the half ended, freshman Paul Johnson cradled a feed in the middle of the field and buried a strike with less than four seconds to go, giving Bellevue a 2 goal cushion at intermission.
The Cougars struck first in the second half, cutting the lead to a single goal, and then freshman Matt Marino arrived on the scene. Marino scored his first goal of the season, and then added a second one shortly thereafter to give the Wolverines a 3 goal advantage. Marino would add a third goal later in the quarter, giving him the hat trick.
Bothell hung tough, adding 3 more goals, but Bellevue pulled away with 6 more of their own, punctuated by a coast-to-coast, highlight reel play from Michael Medzegian. The junior defender intercepted a pass on the crease, dodged several Cougars as he carried the ball across midfield, and then rifled a shot past the goalie for his second goal of the year.
Augie Fratt continued his torrid start, delivering 4 goals for Bellevue to go along with Marino's hat trick. Joe Bethke had 2 goals as well, and Cameron McMahon led the team with 2 assists. Andrew Choe won 13 of 21 face-offs, and Cole Bouwman and Cabe Edelhertz each had 2 saves.
The Wolverines will play in the Northwest Invitational this weekend. They take on traditional power Claremont Friday at 4:00pm at Mercer Island H.S., and then host Lakeridge Saturday at 6:00pm at BHS Stadium.