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Eagles shock Bellarmine

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

The Federal Way girls soccer team managed just one shot in the second half, but that was all it needed to upset the No. 1 ranked team in the state, Bellarmine Prep, 2-1 Saturday at Stadium.

Bellarmine hadnŽ’t lost all season on its way to a 17-0 record, a Narrows League championship, a No. 1 state ranking and a No. 6 national ranking.

Bellarmine was state champion in 2000 and reached the quarterfinals last year. Everybody expected the Lions to be state champions this year.

Everybody, that is, except for Federal Way. And even some of the Eagles werenŽ’t exactly sure if they could pull off the upset.

Ž“I knew we had a chance. The girls were a bit doubtful,Ž” Federal Way coach Carrie Boers said.

Federal Way sophomore Megan Price erased the teamŽ’s doubts when the ball was deflected to her, wide open in front of the Bellarmine goal. Price volleyed the shot into the upper left corner to take a 2-1 lead with eight minutes left in the game.

Ž“I was just trying to get it in the net,Ž” Price said. Ž“I didnŽ’t have anybody on me so I took my time.Ž”

Federal Way held on for the win, despite being dominated in the second half by Bellarmine. The Lions kept the ball in Federal WayŽ’s end of the field for about 90 percent of the second half. In that time they had five corner kicks and eight shots, one of which hit the post and a pair that were cleared off the goal line by Federal WayŽ’s Rachael Christenson and Hannah Bridges.

Ž“Words canŽ’t express how excited we are,Ž” senior defender Kim Loebe said. Ž“We just basically tried to keep them out, keep them from scoring.Ž”

Federal Way had only one shot in the second half, but it went in.

Ž“ThatŽ’s the unfortunate side of soccer,Ž” Bellarmine coach Jenny Phillips said. Ž“You can possess the ball more and outshoot a team and still be unable to put enough goals in to win.Ž”

The Eagles were SPSLŽ’s No. 6 seed by winning two loser-out games ŽÑ one in a shootout and one in overtime ŽÑ to scrape their way into the West Central District Tournament game against Bellarmine.

Bellarmine came out strong and scored eight minutes into the game on Laura AsbellŽ’s pinball-like shot that bounced off a few players and the post before being put away by Colby Branham.

But Federal Way evened the score 12 minutes later when junior forward Ashlyn White was taken down in the 18-yard box by Bellarmine goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen, who also received a yellow card on the play and had to be substituted out of the game for the penalty kick.

Federal Way senior Rachael Christenson calmly converted the free shot from 12 yards out to tie the score at 1-1.

Ž“Being tied at halftime, that got the jitters out of the way,Ž” Boers said. Ž“It took them a while to realize this could be our game.Ž”

Federal Way (11-4-4) goes in to the state tournament as the No. 2 seed and played Tahoma, last yearŽ’s state champions and the SPSLŽ’s No. 3 seed to the playoffs, at 7 p.m. last night.

Look for results online at www.fedwaymirror.com or in this SaturdayŽ’s edition of the Mirror.

Ž“It feels great,Ž” Price said. Ž“We worked so hard, itŽ’s been a blast. TheyŽ’re a good team, we just had to keep our composure. I thought we did that.Ž”

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