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PREP SPORTS WRAP: Beamer soccer inches toward SPSL South title
For the second time this season, the Todd Beamer girls soccer team won a one-goal match over second-place Emerald Ridge Thursday.
The second-ranked and unbeaten Titans (11-0-1) used second-half goals from Megan Anderson in the 41st minute and Kristen Falecki in the 74th. Both goals were assisted by Lindsey Richou.
The victory over Emerald Ridge puts the Titans 10 points clear of second place in the SPSL South, with four matches remaining during the regular season for Beamer.
The shutout of Emerald Ridge was the ninth of the season for the Titans’ defense and goalkeeper Meghan Graf. In total, Beamer has given up just four goals on the year, while scoring 44.
The Decatur Gators picked up a huge come-from-behind victory over the Bonney Lake Panthers Thursday, 3-2. The victory moves the Gators into a second-place tie with Bonney Lake. Both teams sit 4-2-0 in SPSL 3A play and one match behind Auburn Mountainview (5-1-0) for the top spot in the division.
Against Bonney Lake, the Panthers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with both of their goals coming in the first 15 minutes of play. But Decatur fought back with a score from freshman Kyla Lusink in the 33rd minute on a pass from Ashley Graves to tighten the score to 2-1 heading into halftime.
It was Graves who proved to be the hero in the second half. Graves tied the match at 2-2 with a goal seven minutes into the second half and tallied the game-winner in the 78th minute on a pass from Taylor Meadows. Graves’ two goals gives her eight on the season to lead the Gators.
Decatur’s victory over Bonney Lake came just two days after the the Gators handed Auburn Mountainview its first SPSL 3A loss of the season on Oct. 11, 1-0. Graves also tallied the game-winner in that match in overtime.
Since starting the season 1-4-0, Decatur has won five of its last six matches. The only loss came 2-1 to Enumclaw on Sept. 29.
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders played Mount Rainier to a scoreless 0-0 tie Thursday in SPSL North action. The tie kept TJ four points out of the fifth and final playoff berth from the North Division at 3-5-3.
The top-five teams from the division qualify for the playoffs and the Raiders trail both Mount Rainier (4-6-2) and Auburn Riverside (5-6-1) for fifth place.
The Federal Way Eagles slipped by Graham-Kapowsin Thursday in SPSL South action, 3-2, at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The win moved the Eagles to 4-6-1 and into sixth place in the division. The top-five advance to the postseason and Federal Way trails fifth-place Rogers by six points with five matches to play in the regular season.
Against Graham-Kapowsin, the Eagles got goals from Gabriela Pelogi, Sydney Slagg and Bianca Arizpe, who also assisted on Slagg’s goal.
The Todd Beamer Titans picked up a non-league win Friday night over the Stadium Tigers in Tacoma, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 26-24.
The Titans (6-5 overall) got a huge game from Megan Stumpf, who finished with 16 kills and four blocks. Lexi Jones added 11 kills and three blocks and Sophie Miller finished an impressive all-around match with 28 assists, three blocks, six aces and 13 digs.
The Decatur Gators were beaten by the Peninsula Seahawks Thursday, 128-57, at the King County Aquatic Center. The Gators’ lone individual victory came from Lanie Vuong in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:04.04.