SPORTS BRIEF: FW high schoolers play during Sounders FC Reserve victory

Sounders FC has already wrapped up the Major League Soccer (MLS) Reserve League’s Western Division title with a 7-1-0 in their first eight matches.

On Monday night at Starfire, they put that depth on display again in their final home match in the Reserve League, topping the San Jose Earthquakes reserves 3-1.

Michael Tetteh and Sammy Ochoa scored first-half goals and Nate Jaqua added a second-half tally to put the game out of reach as Josh Ford finished with four saves to earn the victory.

“There team’s going to get some better of the play and we are going to get some better of the play,” said Sounders FC assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson, who heads the reserve team. “We pretty much controlled the first half and came back out in the second half and knew the game was ours.”

But the bigger story on Monday night was three Federal Way residents got on the field for the Sounders FC reserve team. Austin Sweeney, Dominique Dismuke and Ian Lange were inserted into the Sounders’ lineup in the second half. All three are high school students who play on the Sounders under-18 Academy Team. Sweeney is a senior at Todd Beamer, Dismuke is a senior at Decatur and Lange now attends Kennedy Catholic after playing his freshman season at Beamer.

“All in all, I thought everyone who stepped on the pitch tonight did well,” Hendrickson said. “It was youth and ambition. I’m the type of coach that likes that. They played freely.”

Dismuke had a pair of goals during the Sounders FC u-18’s 2-0 win over Crossfire in Redmond on Oct. 2 in a US Soccer Development Academy game. Dismuke’s second goal was assisted by Beamer’s Ike Crook.

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