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SOCCER: Lake Stevens outshoots TJ in state's opening round; Federal Way, Decatur ousted
It's not the way any coach or player wants to end a game. But the penalty-kick shootout is just a way of life during the soccer postseason in the state of Washington.
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders (14-3-2) were on the short end of a shootout Wednesday night in the opening round of the Class 4A State Boys Soccer Tournament at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
After dominating a bulk of the play during the 80 minutes of regulation play and 10 minutes of overtime, the Raiders were outshot by Lake Stevens, 6-5.
Lake Stevens (13-5-1) advances into the quarterfinals with the 2-1 victory and the loss ends an impressive season for fifth-ranked TJ. The Raiders won the South Puget Sound League North Division championship, beat Puyallup for the SPSL title and advanced into the state soccer tournament for the 22nd time in school history.
But Jefferson hasn't advanced past the first-round of state since winning a state-record seventh Class 4A title in 2005.
Despite rarely getting the ball over Jefferson's midfield, Lake Stevens took a 1-0 lead just under 12 minutes into the second half on a goal by Jacob Scott. It was Scott's sixth goal of the season.
But the Raiders fought back to tie the game at 1-1 with just over five minutes remaining in regulation on a goal from Beau Hepler. The freshman headed in a cross from junior Tyler Hamashima.
The goal was Hepler's second of the season and both have come in the postseason. Hepler tallied the game-winner during a 2-0 win over Kentridge at the West Central/Southwest District Tournament on Saturday.
But after two five-minute overtime sessions, the game was forced into the penalty-kick shootout. After the two teams went back and forth, the Raiders missed their sixth-round attempt to give Lake Stevens the 6-5 advantage .
The Raiders qualified for their third-straight Class 4A tournament with the 2-0 win over the Kentridge Chargers at the district tournament Saturday at Art Crate Stadium in Graham.
Hepler tallied his first varsity goal of his TJ career in the 32nd minute to give Jefferson a 1-0 first-half lead. Glenn Carpenter added a goal in the 51st minute to finalize the win over Kentridge. It was the Raiders' third win over the Chargers (6-10-3) this season.
Luis Roman recorded his fourth shutout in goal in the last five matches for the Raiders.
In other district tournament soccer action:
Skyview 3, Federal Way 2
The fifth-ranked Eagles won't be playing at the state tournament after losing the one-goal match to Skyview Saturday at the West Central/Southwest District Tournament at Art Crate Stadium.
Federal Way (14-3-1) fell behind 3-1 and couldn't come back against the Storm, the second-place team from the Greater St. Helen's League.
Skyview tallied the first two goals of the match during the first half before Alex Lewis scored in the 34th minute to cut the Storm lead to 2-1 entering the locker room.
But Skyview struck first in the second half to take the commanding 3-1 lead. Federal Way cut the margin to 3-2 on a penalty kick by Sean Tang in the 61st minute. The foul resulted in a red card for one of the Storm players and Skyview played the final 19 minutes a man down.
But the Eagles' couldn't take advantage late in the match.
Mountain View 6, Decatur 4
Decatur's season is also finished. The Gators were beaten by Mountain View at the Class 3A West Central/Southwest District Tournament Saturday at Highline Stadium.
It was the Gators' second loss in a row and the second-straight game where they have given up six goals. Decatur (12-4-0) lost to Hazen, 6-4, in the SPSL/Seamount League championship game. The Gators won the regular season SPSL 3A Division title.
Mountain View finished third in the Greater St. Helen's League. The Thunder got two goals each from Ngawang Choephel, Fabian Celestian and Foster Langsdorf.
Decatur's goal scorers were not reported.