Eagles down Gators in shoot out


Associate editor

The Federal Way and Decatur girls soccer teams are about as even as two teams can be. They tied each other both times they played in the regular season. They were tied in the standings at the end of the regular season. And in a loser-out, one-game playoff to determine which team would be the South Puget Sound League, South DivisionŽ’s No. 4 seed to the playoffs, the teams were tied at 2-2 after regulation and two over-time periods.

Ž“ThatŽ’s about as even as you can get,Ž” Decatur coach Brandon Frederick said.

In a shootout, Federal Way perfectly placed all five of its shots in the back of the net and came away with the win.

Ž“I said, Ž“We worked hard, now have fun with it. I chose you to shoot because youŽ’re tough,Ž’ Ž” Federal Way coach Carrie Boers told her players before the shootout.

It was the fourth time in four years that Decatur has been eliminated in the playoffs by a shootout. Three years ago it was sent home after a shootout with HudsonŽ’s Bay. Two years ago the GatorsŽ’ season ended after a shootout with Bellarmine Prep. Last year it lost to Auburn. Now Federal Way.

Ž“It seems like every year comes down to a shootout,Ž” Frederick said. Ž“They hit all five of their shots and thatŽ’s tough to beat.Ž”

Rachael Christenson, Hannah Bridges, Mandy Ploskonka, Megan Price and Ashlyn White each converted their shots to give Federal Way the win.

White also scored the game-tying goal with 23 minutes left in regulation. She ran down a 50-50 ball and managed to pop it over the goalkeeper and over a defender into the goal.

Ž“The goalie was coming out and I stuck my foot in there and got a touch on it,Ž” White said.

Decatur scored first, four minutes into the game when ninth-grader Amanda Murphy ran past her defender and scored to the right side.

Federal Way came back at the 19- minute mark when Christenson ran down a lob pass and scored.

The Gators took the lead again when Amanda Font passed the ball across the goal mouth to Amanda Meadows, who one-touched the ball for the goal.

After White tied the game, both teams had opportunities to score in the final minutes, but both goalkeepers came up with diving saves to keep the score tied.

With the win, Federal Way (9-4-4) plays at 6 p.m. tonight against Auburn Riverside at Sumner in the South Puget Sound League tournament.

Following that game, Jefferson plays Kentlake for the SPSL championship at 8 p.m. at Sumner. Jefferson beat Kentlake last year, 3-2, for third place in the SPSL.

Jefferson was the SPSL South regular season champion.

Decatur finishes the season with an 8-5-4 record.

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