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Beamer soccer takes control of the SPSL South with 1-0 win
By CASEY OLSON
The Todd Beamer Titan boys soccer team took a huge step to securing its first-ever South Puget Sound League South Division championship Friday night with a 1-0 win over Emerald Ridge.
The match pitted two top teams in the South at Puyallups Sparks Stadium, and the Titans (8-0-2 league, 26 points) gained three important points in the standings with the playoffs beginning in just two weeks. The Jaguars (6-1-3, 21 points) still have a chance at getting by Beamer for the South Division title, but the Titans basically hold a two-match lead with just four games remaining.
The game started out slowly with the two teams going back and forth with barely any scoring chances during the first half. But midway through the second half, the Titans snapped the scoreless tie with a goal from senior captain Sean Davis.
In the 64th minute, Titans senior midfielder Brennen Hall took a free kick from 30 yards out and hit Davis inside the goalie box. Davis headed the ball out of reach of the Emerald Ridge goalkeeper.
Beamer and Emerald Ridge tied 1-1 in their only other meeting of the season on March 27. But the Jaguars couldnt get a shot past Titan goalkeeper T.J. Young this time around.
The Federal Way Eagles also remained unbeaten in the SPSL North Division with a 2-1 win over Tahoma on Friday night. The win improved the Eagles to 8-0-2 and puts them four points ahead of second-place Jefferson (7-2-1).
Tahoma jumped on the Eagles early in the game, scoring a goal in the 14th minute of the game to take a 1-0 lead. But Federal Way came right back with a goal of its own in the 28th minute by Lalo Moralles on a pass from Kelyn Rowe to tie the game at 1-1, which is how it stayed until the 56th minute. Federal Ways Omar Cruz tallied the game-winner.
Moralles goal was his team-leading sixth of the year and it was Cruzs third. Rowe leads the Eagles with 10 assists.
Federal Way has four games remaining in the regular season.
The Todd Beamer Titans (9-1) remained one match back of first-place Puyallup (10-0) in the SPSL South with a 4-1 win over Rogers on Thursday. The Titans got a pair of three-set wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles. Esther Song and Brianne Elmquist beat Kristen Houmes and Eunjin Hong at No. 2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, and Jessika Sutcliff and Sara Miller beat Vannary Lim and Hannah Kim at No. 3, 6-1, 0-6, 6-4.
Beamers other wins came from Judy Liening at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-1, and Sam Bowman and Melissa Canfield at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 7-5.
Jefferson moved into a fourth-place tie in the SPSL North with a pair of wins Thursday and Friday. The Raiders (6-4) beat Federal Way on Thursday and Kentwood on Friday.
Jefferson tallied six runs in the bottom of the fifth to 10-run the Eagles. Brittany Still finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and also threw all five innings on the mound, allowing three hits and striking out seven. Catcher Shawntay Thong finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Against Kentwood, the Raiders tallied three runs in the first and three in the sixth. Thong and Stephanie Ogle both homered for TJ and Jayme Carbon finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two doubles.
The Federal Way Eagles swept a dual meet Thursday against the Decatur Gators at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
The Eagle girls downed the Gators, 92-49, and the Federal Way boys won, 95-41.
The girls got three individual wins from Jacquie Evenson, who won the long jump (15 feet, 11 inches), 100 hurdles (16.3) and 300 hurdles (48.7). Federal Way also got double wins from Rose Habitamu in the 3,200 (14:15.7) and 800 (2:53.5). Decatur got two wins from Susan Kim in the 100 (13.0) and 200 (26.8).
The Federal Way boys won 11 of the 16 events to take the dual. Decatur got two individual victories from Ezra John Griffey in the 100 (10.7) and 200 (22.2) and Justin Englund in the 800 (2:08) and 1,600 (4:50.2).
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org