The Gig Harbor boys soccer team faces off against the Bellarmine Lions tonight (Tuesday, April 22) at 5:15 p.m. at Gig Harbor High School. While the Fish Bowl pits Gig Harbor and Peninsula against each other in football in the biggest rivalry of the year, the Tides' biggest soccer rival is the Bellarmine Lions. Both schools have very good soccer programs with a rich history of success and talent, and boast talented rosters loaded with club players.
The Tides (7-1-0 overall, 4-1-0 Narrows 4A) enter tonight's game as the favorite on their home turf against Bellarmine (4-3-0 overall, 3-2-0 Narrows 4A). The Tides are in first place in the Narrows, followed by Olympia (6-2-1 overall, 4-2-1 Narrows 4A). A win for Bellarmine would tie them for the league lead, while a loss would put a huge dent in their Narrows League title aspirations. A win for the Tides would cement their first-place status and put them in a solid position to win the Narrows.
The Tides lead the Narrows League with 19 goals scored, while only allowing 6 goals. The Lions have scored 11 goals, and have had a somewhat leaky defense, allowing 11 goals on the season. The Tides will look to exploit Bellarmine's defense with their talented forwards.
Prediction: Gig Harbor 1, Bellarmine 0.
I like the Tides in this one, and I think they can hold Bellarmine scoreless. It should be a great game.
The weather forecast for the game is overcast, right around 52 degrees, with a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain (so, basically, like every day in western Washington). Hope to see you there.