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Beamer and Federal Way set to clash for SPSL title
By CASEY OLSON
The South Puget Sound League boys soccer championship will go through Federal Way via Maple Valley.
The Todd Beamer Titans will take on the Federal Way Eagles at 8 p.m. tonight at Maxwell Stadium at Tahoma High School in the championship game of the 16-team SPSL. Beamer went unbeaten in the South Division and Federal Way did the same in the North.
The Titans finished their SPSL South regular season with a 2-2 tie against the Puyallup Vikings Friday night. The tie ended their year with a 13-0-3 overall record. Beamer got goals from senior Sean Davis in the 22nd minute and Vinny Dom in the 33rd. Puyallup tallied the tying goal in the 59th minute.
Federal Ways SPSL North title run came to an end with a 5-0 thumping of Kent-Meridian Friday. The Eagles got a hat trick from freshman Kelyn Rowe and a pair of goals from Lalo Moralles. Vinton Lane got the shutout in net.
Federal Way enters tonights SPSL title match with a much younger roster than Beamer. But Eagles head coach Jason Baumgardt doesnt see that as a disadvantage.
With a lot of these kids playing on club teams, the experience in club soccer for the state tournament is all the experience you need, Baumgardt said.
Federal Way is led by Rowe, who has double-digit goals (10) and assists (11), while Beamer features Davis 17 goals and 15 assists.
I know absolutely nothing about Beamer other than they are a good team, Baumgardt said.
The winner of the game will earn the leagues No. 1 seed into Saturdays West Central District Tournament and will play the fifth-place team from the Narrows League at 3 p.m. at Curtis High School. The loser will be the second seed and play the fifth-place team from the SPSL at 1 p.m. at Curtis.
The Todd Beamer girls track team members can officially call themselves SPSL South champions. The Titans rolled over Puyallup Thursday in their regular-season finale, 88-40, to finish a perfect 7-0 in the SPSL South.
The kids have worked hard this season, said head coach Jay Cardwell. It is exciting to see it starting to pay off
Beamer got a pair of individual wins from Mackenzie Hickel in the 100-meter hurdles (16.5) and 300 hurdles (47.5) and Mecedes Sullivan in the 100 (12.8) and 200 (26.5). The Titans also won all three relays.
The focus now turns to the postseason. The SPSL Track and Field Meet will kick off today and continue on Friday.
The Decatur Gators and Todd Beamer Titans both ended up in second place in their respective divisions. Decatur finished the regular season with a 12-2 record and finished one match back of Kentwood (13-1), and Beamer was 11-3, three matches behind Puyallup (14-0).
Decatur downed Jefferson (7-7) on the last day of the season Thursday, 4-1, and Beamer beat Emerald Ridge, 4-1.
The SPSL Sub-district Tournament kicked off Tuesday at Kent-Meridian and Sprinker. The championship matches will be played on Saturday with berths to the West Central District Tournament on the line.
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders will be making their 10th postseason appearance in the past 11 seasons starting Friday at the SPSL Tournament at Russell Road Park in Kent.
The Raiders snared the fourth seed from the SPSL North with a 9-5 record. Jefferson actually tied with Kentwood, but the Conquerors won a coin toss and were awarded the divisions third seed. The Raiders will take on either Emerald Ridge or Graham-Kapowsin at 4 p.m. Friday in the opening round. The two teams tied for second place in the SPSL South with 10-4 records. Nine of the 10 teams in the tournament will advance to the West Central District Tournament.