Chursky scores early for Gators

The Decatur soccer team didn’t waste any time scoring against Federal Way Friday night.

Less than a minute into the game, senior forward Alex Chursky took a cross from senior midfielder Matt Baker, faked right, cut left and fired a shot skimming across the ground into the net.

Chursky scored again five minutes later, after a one-touch blast after a corner kick.

The two goals all but deflated Federal Way and were the opening strikes in a 8-1 Decatur win.

“It’s very important that we get off to a fast start,” Chursky said. “We got tought a lesson about starting early when we played Jefferson. They started playing at 7:30 and we didn’t show up until 7:50.”

In its first game of the season, Decatur tied Jefferson 2-2 after the Raiders scored two goals in the first 10 minutes. The Gators didn’t want to get off to the same slow start against Federal Way.

“We asked them to go out and start fast and they did that,” said Decatur assistant coach Gary Arnts. “Federal Way played us hard, especially in the middle 20 minutes. Our kids off the bench went in and played very hard.”

Decatur earned its third goal of the game when senior midfielder Nick McCluskey knocked a rebound shot into the goal with a minute left in the first half. Chursky shot from 18 yards out, but it was deflected by Federal Way goalkeeper Ryan Davis. McCluskey was there for the follow up.

“They’re a great team,” said Federal Way coach John Heimbigner. “They’re all top-notch players and well coached. We didn’t give up and played the full 80 minutes at 110 percent. We’re going to take our knocks, but we’ll win some more games later in the season.”

In the second half, Decatur scored when junior midfielder Paul Brokaw finished a cross for a goal.

After Jackson Dovey replaced Davis at goalkeeper, Davis moved into position as a field player for Federal Way and scored the Eagles’ first goal of the season.

“They’re a big, quick, skilled team,” Davis said. “They know how to play together. We’re still learning.”

Brokaw scored his second goal of the night when he put away a rebound shot.

Decatur junior midfielder Mike Gilpin scored with 12 minutes left in the game. Decatur junior defender Kyle Colbath scored with eight minutes left in the game. Decatur senior forward Justin Ross scored on a header with two minutes left in the game.

“We’re still figuring each other out,” Chursky said. “We have that extra year under our belts, but that could hurt us or help us. Hopefully we’ll take that experience and do good things with it.”

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