Sports

Soccer teams remain among league's best

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

Girls soccer teams from Decatur, Federal Way and Jefferson kept pace at the front of the South Puget Sound League this week. Which makes today’s 1 p.m. game between Federal Way and Decatur that much more important.

The Eagles lead the league and Decatur is tied for second place. Jefferson, who is tied for second place with Decatur, plays Rogers at 3 p.m. in the second game of the double header at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

Federal Way started the week with a 2-2 tie with Jefferson on Tuesday.

Federal Way junior midfielder Hannah Bridges scored both goals for the Eagles — and almost scored the game-winner when she hit the post late in the game.

“I’m happy because we caught them off guard,” Federal Way coach Carrie Boers said.

Senior Chelsea Hunt and junior Rachael Maus each scored a goal for Jefferson.

“We knew Federal Way would be competitive,” said Jefferson coach Amy Sutherland. “We got a little out of our game in the first half, but improved on what we needed to in the second half. Goals don’t come easy against good teams like them.”

On Thursday, all three teams won to stay atop the standings.

League-leading Federal Way improved its record to 4-0-1 (the only game it didn’t win was Tuesday’s tie with Jefferson) with a 5-1 win over Bethel.

The Eagles trailed 1-0 at halftime before getting into gear in the second half.

“We were so hyped up and ready for Jefferson (earlier in the week), we came out expecting an easy game (against Bethel) and we got caught,” Boers said.

Bridges scored to tie the game with 30 minutes left. Ten minutes later, the game was paused for more than 20 minutes while medical personnel attended to a collision on the field between Federal Way senior midfielder Lindsay Mitchell and Bethel goalkeeper Amanda DuRocher. DuRocher left the game and Mitchell was taken to the hospital for observation with a knee injury and complaints of tingling in her lower back.

“We started off slow, but after Lindsay was injured, it made us mad and we wanted to get it,” Bridges said. “We’re undefeated and we hope to keep it up.”

A little more than a minute after the game restarted, Federal Way junior Ashlyn White sent a through-ball to sophomore Megan Price, who scored with a hard shot on the ground past Bethel’s second-string goalkeeper Crystal Andrews.

Price scored again four minutes later when she took control of a loose ball in the center of the box and skimmed a shot just inside the right post.

Bethel went to it’s third-string goalkeeper after Andrews came out of the game with an injury.

Federal Way junior Lauren Howell and sophomore Rachael Christianson each added goals in the final minutes of the game.

Decatur and Jefferson remained tied for second place, each with a 3-0-2 record after Thursday’s wins.

Decatur used three second-half goals to defeat Puyallup 3-0 Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

“We didn’t make any major changes at halftime,” said Decatur coach Brandon Frederick. “We just settled down and passed the ball on the ground.”

Associate editor Cole Cosgrove can be reached at 925-5565 and ccosgrove@fedwaymirror.com

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