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Beamers super seniors come through during 1-0 state victory
By CASEY OLSON
The Todd Beamer High boys soccer team made a little bit of history Tuesday night. The Titans won the schools first-ever state tournament game when they beat Kamiak, 1-0, in the opening-round of the Class 4A State Boys Soccer Championships at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
The win over Kamiak also set up an all-Federal Way quarterfinal match Friday night (after press time). The Titans and Federal Way Eagles got together with a berth into the states Final Four on the line. The semifinals and finals will be played Friday and Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. The winner of the Federal Way/Beamer match will play the winner of a match between Bellarmine Prep and Cascade at 5 p.m. in Lakewood.
This is the second year in a row that the Titan soccer program has played in the state tournament. Beamer lost to Auburn in the opening round last season.
Last nights game with Federal Way is a rematch of last weeks South Puget Sound League Championship.
The Eagles downed the Titans, 3-2, in a shootout. Federal Way advanced to the state quarterfinals by beating Evergreen of Vancouver, 2-1, in a shootout Tuesday night.
They have been preparing for this game for years, said Beamer head coach Adam Kulaas. One certainty is that they will leave it on the field.
Tuesdays game was a gut-wrenching victory over Kamiak and the Titans were able to count on their senior-laden roster, most notably Sean Davis, Brennan Hall and goalkeeper T.J. Young. All three were on the first varsity roster when the school opened its doors four years ago.
Davis, Beamers leading scorer with 21 goals, tallied the only goal of the game against Kamiak. The senior banged in a left-footer on a 20-yard free kick in the 67th minute of the game to break a scoreless tie.
Davis set up the free kick when he tried to pass the ball over a Kamiak defender who inadvertently used his hand to stop the ball, just feet outside of the penalty box, which would have set up a much easier penalty kick from 8 yards out.
But it was Hall and Young that made the biggest play of the match in the final seconds.
After Davis goal, Kamiak pushed a lot of its players forward in an attempt to score the tying goal.
Young saved the final shot of the night when he pinned the ball before it bounced down onto the goal line. But Hall was there to clear the ball while he was falling down.
It was Youngs 12th shutout of the season. The Titans improved to 15-1-3, while Kamiak, the WesCo League South Division runner-up, finished the season at 12-5-1.
Kamiak outshot Beamer, 16-10, but couldnt score against Young, who made 10 saves.
I know that when you get to the state tournament all of the teams are good, Kulaas said.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org