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Titans, Eagles will battle in SPSL title game
By CASEY OLSON
Its going to be an all-Federal Way school district boys soccer championship match.
The Todd Beamer Titans and Federal Way Eagles clinched their respective South Puget Sound League division titles earlier this week and will meet at 8 p.m. at Tahoma High School on Wednesday night. The winner will earn the leagues No. 1 seed into the West Central District Tournament.
Beamer rolled over Graham-Kapowsin Tuesday, 8-0, to improve to 11-0-2 in the SPSL South. The Titans got a hat trick from Daniel Nam and a shutout in net from T.J. Young. Sean Davis also chipped in a pair of goals, giving him 16 on the season. The shutout was Youngs ninth of the season.
Federal Way earned the SPSL Norths No. 1 seed into the league tournament with a 1-1 tie Tuesday against cross-town rival Decatur. The tie improved the Eagles to 9-0-4 in the North.
The Gators (7-3-3) took the early lead on a goal from Jamie Shivel in the 14th minute. Federal Way got the equalizer 14 minutes later from freshman Kelyn Rowe.
Decatur, along with Jefferson, will also join Beamer and Federal Way at the SPSL Tournament. Decatur will be either the Norths third or fourth seed, depending on their match last night against Tahoma and the Raiders have clinched the Norths No. 2 seed and will take on either Puyallup or Emerald Ridge Wednesday night.
Jefferson beat Tahoma Tuesday night, 3-2, to improve to 9-3-1. The Raiders got a pair of goals from Billy Brisbois, including the game-winner in the 63rd minute after Tahoma tied the game at 2-2.
Beamers roll to the SPSL South title was an expected one. The Titans returned plenty of senior talent from a team that has qualified for the postseason all three years the school has been open.
The Eagles run this season has been a little on the cinderella side.
I thought we would have a good year, said head coach Jason Baumgardt. Good year by making the playoffs. I didnt expect to win the league or go unbeaten.
Federal Way hadnt won an SPSL division championship since 1992, when Baumgardt played for the Eagles. And not much was really expected out of Federal Way entering the SPSL North regular season. The Eagles featured a fairly young lineup and had trouble scoring goals last year.
But that hasnt been the case this year. The Eagles have scored over twice as many goals than they did a season ago, when Federal Way finished just 4-7-4.
The thing that has been great about this team is the unity, Baumgardt said. They have fun together both at practices and games.
The Eagles offense has been led by Rowe and seniors Lalo Moralles and Christian Munoz. Rowe leads the team with seven goals and 10 assists and Moralles and Munoz have chipped in six goals apiece.
The Decatur Gators improved to 11-2 in the SPSL North with a 3-2 win over the Kentlake Falcons Tuesday. The Gators remain one match back of first-place Kentwood with one match remaining in the regular season.
The Gators got victories from Sarah Lin at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0, Kiley Frazier and Korinna Heard at No. 1 doubles, 6-1, 6-2, and Jaime Moehlman and Adrianne Lee at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-3.
The Jefferson Raiders (8-4, 10-6) remained in fourth place in the SPSL North by splitting a pair of games Monday and Wednesday. The Raiders downed Federal Way on Monday, 10-0, and lost to Kentlake Wednesday, 2-0.
Against Federal Way, Jefferson got three RBIs each from Jayme Carbon and Shawntay Thong.
But the Raiders couldnt generate any offense Wednesday against unbeaten Kentlake. Felecia Harris allowed only one hit and struck out 14.