Soccer: Gators put away Eagles in second half

" Less than 10 seconds into Thursday's soccer game, Decatur's top scorer Alex Chursky broke away from his defender and chased down a through ball for a one-on-one with Federal Way's goalkeeper, junior Ryan Davis. It looked like a sure goal, but Davis deflected the shot to keep it out of the net. I thought I was in for a long game, Davis said. But then stuff started calming down. At least for the first half. Decatur used four second-half goals to beat Federal Way 4-0. Decatur improved its record to 5-0-1 while Federal Way fell to 2-3-1. Davis continued to make diving saves in the first half, and the Federal Way defense - senior Derek Wilson, senior Aaron Fleck, senior Pat Duncan and senior Aaron Dukehart - managed to keep Decatur scoreless for the first 40 minutes. Despite having the wind at their backs, the Gators took only four shots to Federal Way's two. The wind played a big roll in the first half, in a bad way, Decatur forward Erik Sterling said. Our through balls kept going too long. We had some chances, but they were defending well, Chursky said. We knew they'd be tough. We just had to relax. We knew if we'd get one we'd be alright. Both teams came out in the second half looking to score. The Gators moved three forwards up front rather than the usually two. Federal Way did the same, looking for some offense. Both teams generated more offense - Decatur took 11 shots in the second half to Federal Way's six - but the Gators scored the goals. We threw some guys forward to get the win, but they counter attacked and we were caught on our heels, Davis said. Decatur junior midfielder Christian Sholze had a long throw in that Chursky headed into the net for the Gator's first goal 50 minutes into the game. Two minutes later, Decatur's Erik Sterling followed up a deflected shot and finished in the right corner of the goal. Then the Decatur defense took over. Decatur defenders senior Nolan Svalstedt, junior Will Craig and sophomores Kyle Colbath and David Klein helped their goalkeepers earn the shutout - junior keeper Kile Peloza played the first half in goal and freshman Kyle Bressler was in the net in the second half. Junior midfielder Nick McCluskey assisted Chursky for his second goal 70 minutes into the game, then Chursky scored his third goal two minutes later. (Coach) John (Heimbigner) and Federal Way had a great game plan, Decatur coach Jim McAlister said. They didn't allow us to do what we wanted and they played their hearts out. Their goalkeeper Ryan (Davis) could be the best keeper in the league. Not only did he make good saves, but he controlled his penalty box. For the amount of work he had, he did a good job. Decatur's next game is at 7:30 p.m. today against Spanaway Lake at Federal Way Memorial Field. Federal way plays at 7:30 p.m. today at Bethel. "

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