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A win today sends Raiders to state
By COLE COSGROVE
The Jefferson girls soccer team had to settle for second place after a 3-1 loss to Kentlake in the South Puget Sound League championship game Wednesday.
But the Raiders (12-2-3) could make up for it with a win at 2 p.m. today against Olympia at Sumner. That would put them in the state tournament. A loss would send them home for the season.
We just need to get back to our game, Jefferson coach Amy Sutherland said. We need to play our possession game. We have the technical ability, we need to maintain focus. The games wont be any easier.
Kentlake (15-0-2) used speed on offense to score goals and take the lead, while its tall defenders tightly marked Jeffersons leading scorer Chelsea Hunt.
Usually Im taller, Hunt said. Their girls stayed on me.
The Raiders trailed 1-0 at halftime after Kentlake senior Shuree Hyatt broke away from her defender and scored 15 minutes into the game.
Jefferson came out strong in the second half and controlled the ball, but Hyatt broke away again and assisted to Heather Emory, who was wide open on the back side and finished to give Kentlake a 2-0 lead that took the wind out of Jeffersons sails eight minutes in to the second half.
A few minutes later, Hyatt hit the post on an open shot. But she finished the job two minutes after that when she again ran past her defender and scored on a break away to make it 3-0.
They were quick, we just had a few breakdowns, said Jefferson senior defender Jamie Salmon.
Jefferson prevented a shutout when Hunt sent a cross to Rachael Maus (pronounced moss, not mouse), who cut back and scored on a hard shot from 20 yards out.
They were winning balls in the air and winning 50-50 balls, Maus said. We need to improve and get back to our game playing as a team and passing, finding what works.
Associate editor Cole Cosgrove can be reached at 925-5565 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org