FW, TJ soccer teams advance

Jefferson 3, Kentlake 2

Kentlake missed a penalty shot with one minute left as Jefferson held on to win 3-2 Wednesday at Curtis.

“I was just praying to God that I picked the right side or she shot it wide,” said Jefferson senior goalkeeper Jessica Allen. “We worked way to hard to come here and go home short changed.”

The Raiders scored first to take a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the game. Sophomore forward Rachael Maus ran past her defender and volleyed the bouncing ball into the left corner of the goal from 25 yards out.

But Kentlake responded 15 minutes later when forward Heather Emery outran her defender and sailed a shot over goalkeeper Allen.

The game was tied at one goal apiece at a halftime.

Kentlake came out strong in the second half. Two minutes in, Kentlake took the lead when Sara Wilson converted a penalty kick after a Jefferson player touched the ball with her hand in the penalty box.

It was one of the few times Jefferson has trailed in a game all season.

It didn’t last long. Jefferson junior forward Chelsea Hunt tied the game on a direct kick from 20 yards out.

Hunt scored again 13 seconds later to put the Raiders back on top. Maus gathered the ball after the Kentlake kickoff and sent a through pass to Hunt down the left side. Hunt rocketed the left-footed scoring shot past the diving goal keeper to the far post.

“She has been a big-time player for us,” Jefferson coach Amy Sutherland said about Hunt. “We play a high-pressure, offensive minded game. We have a tactically sound defense, smart midfielders and we’re very deep. The postseason brings out the best in teams.”

The Jefferson defense held on to win, despite the penalty kick scare late in the game.

“We worked well as a team,” Maus said. “We picked it up when we started to go down.”

Jefferson is 12-1-4. Kentlake is 10-4-3.

“This is the first step for us,” Hunt said. “We know what’s coming. Every game will be competitive.”

Jefferson is the South Puget Sound League’s third seed to the West Central District playoffs. Jefferson plays Stadium, the Narrows League No. 4 seed, at 4 p.m. today at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

“As we continue, we’ll start running into more elite, technically smart, faster teams,” Sutherland said. “We need to make those adjustments. I have confidence this team can do it.”

If Jefferson wins today, it advances to state as the West Central District’s No. 6 seed. It would travel to play at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the winner of the Auburn versus NL No. 1 seed.

Federal Way 4, Kentwood 0

Federal Way made the most of Kentwood mistakes to score two quick goals, then never looked back in a 4-0 win in the loser-out game Wednesday at Federal Way Memorial Field.

“We’ve progressed a lot through the season and this game really showed it,” Federal Way senior Adrianne Peterson said. “We’re a young team and we’ve gained confidence. At the beginning of the season, some of our younger players didn’t have that, but they overcame that fear.”

Federal Way sophomore midfielder Hannah Bridges scored off a pass from Peterson to put the Eagles on the board with a goal 10 minutes into the game.

Two minutes later, sophomore Ashlyn White chased down a misplayed ball by the Kentwood goalkeeper and tapped the ball into the goal for a 2-0 lead.

Federal Way senior co-captain Kelsey Milligan scored with 27 minutes left. The Eagles’ other senior co-captain Lauren Price put the cherry on top with a goal with three minutes left in the game.

Senior co-captain goalkeeper Kelly Friedrich earned the shutout for Federal Way

Federal Way is 11-3-3 and is the SPSL’s fifth seed to the West Central District playoffs, which start today. Federal Way plays South Kitsap, the Narrows League No. 2 seed, at 2 p.m. today at the Stadium Bowl in Tacoma.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Stadium Bowl,” Peterson said. “Hopefully we’ll do the same thing we did against Kentwood.”

The winner advances to state as the West Central District’s No. 5 seed. It would travel to play at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at District One’s No. 1 seed team.

Auburn 2, Decatur 1

Shoot-outs in the playoffs haven’t been kind to the Decatur girls soccer team. Two years ago it was eliminated from the playoffs after a shoot out with Hudson’s Bay. Last year the Gators’ season ended after a shoot out with Bellarmine Prep.

This year, Auburn ended Decatur’s run through the postseason with a 2-1 victory in a shoot out Wednesday at Curtis.

“We’d been there before, and they don’t treat us well,” Decatur coach Brandon Frederick said. “We’ve had trouble scoring goals all year. To got to a shoot out is kind of feeding us to the lion’s den.”

After two 5-minute overtime periods, the game was still tied 1-1. It went to a shoot out, where five shooters from each teams alternate taking set shots from 18-yards out.

Only sophomore Brittany Gilmer and junior Andrea Roppo converted their shots for Decatur. Auburn won the game after Christina Rios drove her shot into the back of the net. Auburn won the shootout 4-2.

Decatur took a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game when sophomore Nicole Collins wound up and ripped a low shot that skimmed just inside the left goal post.

“I thought we’d get pumped up and score a lot more,” Collins said. “We’ve done that before.”

Instead, the Gators and Trojans both struggled. Collins’ goal was the only shot Decatur had in the first half.

“When it’s 1-0, that’s not a comfortable feeling,” Decatur coach Brandon Frederick said. “It’s never easy in the playoffs.”

Auburn’s Rios scored the game-tying goal with 17 minutes left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Neither team managed a shot in overtime. Decatur had only three shots all game. Auburn had seven.

“I’m happy with how far we went,” Collins said. “We improved as the year went on.”

Decatur finished the season 9-5-3. Auburn advances as the sixth seed to the West Central District

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