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The streak is over

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

It took two years, but the Decatur High School boys soccer team finally tasted defeat. The loss came agains its Federal Way Public Schools rival, the Thomas Jefferson Raiders.

The Raiders ended Decatur’s 45-match unbeaten streak last Friday night with a 2-0 shutout at Federal Way Memorial Field. The victory improved the Raiders to 2-0 in the South Puget Sound League South Division and dropped Decatur to 0-1-1 in league play.

“It was a good game,” said Jefferson coach Darren Sawatzky. “They are the defending state champs.”

During their two-year streak, the Gators put together an impressive 41-0-4 record, which included two SPSL South titles and two Class 4A state championships. One of those four ties came early last year at the hands of Jefferson.

“I think that we surprised them in that one,” said Sawatzky, who is in his second season at the helm of the Jefferson program. “But they came back later in the season and proved why they were the defending state champs. They pounded us 6-0.”

The Raiders got revenge Friday against the new-look Gators, who lost several seniors from last year’s team.

Jefferson took the lead for good in the 29th minute. Senior Chris Sanders tallied his third goal of the season on a pass from Ricky Getchell. The Raiders took the 1-0 lead into halftime on the rainy evening.

“I think we controlled the game in the first half,” said Sawatzky. “But I think in the second half they had more of a run.”

But the Raiders’ didn’t allow Decatur to get the ball in the net – thanks to the play of senior goalkeeper Matt Anderson.

“They could have easily tied the game up may times,” Sawatzky said. “Matt Anderson came up with a bunch of big saves. They could have very easily scored.”

The Raiders got some insurance in the second half with their second goal. Casey Schuetz extended the lead to 2-0 in the 50th minute after he put a pass from senior Jose Menjivar in the back of the net.

The Raiders play again on Thursday against Emerald Ridge in Puyallup at 5:30 p.m., who tied Decatur earlier this season.

“They will be a formidable team,” said Sawatzky. “Their coach has done a great job with that fairly new program. It seems like every game in this league is tough. I would argue with anyone that our league is the best in the state.”

Decatur played last night at Rogers and take on Spanaway Lake tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Federal Way Memorial Field.

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