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Decatur tops Curtis, wins SPSL

Despite a strong wind, the Decatur boys soccer team wasn’t blown off course in a 2-0 win over Curtis on Thursday.

The victory assured Decatur its second-straight South Puget Sound League, South Division title, even though the Gators finish out the regular season at 7:30 p.m. today against Puyallup.

The win also extends Decatur’s 37-game unbeaten streak that spans the past two years. The Gators, with a 13-0-2 record, are ranked No. 4 in the nation by a few online polls.

Decatur plays North Division champion Kentwood at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Curtis in the SPSL title game.

The first time Decatur played Curtis earlier in the season, the Gators trailed 2-1 late in the second half before making a comeback for the win.

This time, the Gators made sure Curtis never even got on the scoreboard.

Decatur senior forward Alex Chursky scored what would prove to be the winning goal 18 minutes into the game.

Curtis had a chance to tie late in the first half when senior Adam Zielske set up for a penalty kick. Zielske had scored all of Curtis’ goals the first time the teams played. But this time, Decatur sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Bresser came up with a diving save to keep the shutout alive.

Decatur senior Nick McCluskey added another goal with 10 minutes left in the game to seal the win.

Curtis, which is in second place, plays against third-ranked Jefferson at 3:30 p.m. today at Federal Way Memorial Field to determine seeding to the SPSL tournament.

Jefferson was a 4-0 winner over Rogers on Thursday. Steve Mohn, Chris Sanders, Danny Dodd and Chris Henry all scored for the Raiders. Goalkeepers Kevan Haack and Matt Anderson shared time in the net to earn the shutout.

Federal Way beat Spanaway Lake 2-1 on goals by Kevin Popich and Justin Williams.

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