Soccer: Eagles, Raiders eliminated

South Kitsap 3, Federal Way 1

South Kitsap scored two quick goals and held on to beat Federal Way 3-1 Saturday at Stadium Bowl in Tacoma.

“We played a little flat and they came out like gang busters,” said Federal Way coach Dennis Pichette. “We couldn’t get anything going. We were just a step slow and nothing went right. Sometimes things click and it was just one of those games where things didn’t click for us.

“We don’t play well during day games. The girls just weren’t excited. We didn’t have the intensity needed for a playoff game.”

South Kitsap got on the board early when Sarah Groves scored the first of three goals she would score in the game.

She scored again 10 minutes later, showing why she was selected as the Narrows League Bridge Division Most Valuable Player.

“She was probably their best player,” Pichette said. “They gave the ball to her all the time. They were really big. I don’t know if we were ready for it, or we were just kind of shocked.”

Federal Way jumped back in the game early in the second half when senior co-captain Lauren Price scored on a penalty kick. South Kitsap’s lead was cut to 2-1, but the Eagles couldn’t manage enough offense to put another goal on the board.

“The girls played hard, but I think they got frustrated because they knew we were a better team than that,” Pichette said. “The girls knew we could have done a better job.”

The Eagles gave up a penalty kick midway through the second half, which Groves converted to put the game out of reach.

Federal Way had a few scoring opportunities, but shots went over the goal, glanced wide or were saved.

Federal Way finished the season 11-4-3. South Kitsap advanced to the state tournament.

“I thought we could have gone a little longer into the playoffs, but we ran into some injuries that slowed us down,” Pichette said. “But the season went well. We got where we wanted to go, just not as far as we wanted.”

Stadium 1, Jefferson 0

The Stadium defense shut down Jefferson’s offense en route to a 1-0 win Saturday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

With the loss, Jefferson was eliminated from the playoffs.

Stadium scored its first and only goal 26 minutes into the game. A corner kick bounced around in front of the goal and the Jefferson defense didn’t clear the ball. Stadium forward Scarlett Riggs headed it into the goal.

That was all Stadium needed to advance. It was one of the only times this year Jefferson was shut out. The Raiders managed only three shots in the game, due largely in part to a strong Stadium defense. The marking backs denied the ball to Jefferson’s high-scoring duo of junior Chelsea Hunt and sophomore Rachael Maus. The Stadium sweeper cleaned up any balls that managed to get through.

One of the key defenders for Stadium was Northeast Tacoma resident Lacey Orr. Orr and Hunt are teammates on the Federal Way Reign club soccer team.

“I was a little nervous,” Orr said of defending Hunt. “She’s an awesome player. I knew my task and knew it would be a challenge.”

“She is a good defender,” Hunt said. “They had a real good defense and an awesome sweeper. We weren’t able to control the ball. They just finished the one chance that they had.”

Jefferson’s best scoring chance came with 30 seconds left in the first half. Maus sent a corner kick into the box and Hunt headed it toward the net. But the Stadium goalkeeper made a diving, one-handed save to maintain her team’s lead.

Jefferson goalkeeper Jessica Allen made five saves as Stadium took six shots.

The Raiders picked up the intensity in the second half as time was running out in the game, and on the season.

But a speedy Stadium team won most of the loose balls and hurried Jefferson into making bad passes. The Raiders tried to pound the ball down the middle of the field, sending through-balls to Hunt and Maus. But the Stadium defense was just too strong.

“They just wanted it a little more,” Maus said. “But overall, it was a good season.”

Jefferson finished with a 12-2-4 record. Stadium advanced to the state playoffs.

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