Decatur ties unbeaten Curtis, 2-2; TJ remains in top spot


Sports editor

The two-time defending state champion Decatur Gators are a young but talented team. The Gators showed that on Friday night when they played to a 2-2 tie with the unbeaten Curtis Vikings. Decatur remains entrenched in third place in the South Puget Sound League South Division with a 6-2-2 record. Three teams from the league advance to the playoffs.

The tie helps out Decatur’s cross-town rival, the Thomas Jefferson Raiders. Curtis and Jefferson were tied atop the SPSL South Division before Friday.

Decatur took a commanding 2-1 lead on an unassisted goal from Marty Klingebiel in the 61st minute, but Curtis’ Nate Juvik tallied his second goal of the night in the 78th minute to tie the game at 2-2.

Decatur took the lead in the 24th minute after Jmaar Aina scored an unassisted goal. Juvik tied the game at 1-1 just three minutes later.


The Thomas Jefferson Raiders remained unbeaten with an 8-0 blowout of the Rogers Rams on Friday night. The win moves the Raiders to 9-0-1 in league play.

Senior forward Chris Sanders tallied his first hat trick of the season. The University of Portland-bound Sanders tallied his first goal 17 minutes in on a pass from Casey Schuetz. His second came 10 minutes later on a pass from Ricky Getchell and his final goal came in the 56th minute on a pass from Chris Henry.

Getchell tallied two goals and Henry, Schuetz and Calvin Walsh had the remaining scores for the Raiders.

Three Jefferson goalkeepers combined on the shutout. Matt Anderson, Taylor Landrud and Tyler Jeffcoat manned the net for the Raiders.

Federal Way

The Federal Way Eagles downed the Spanaway Lake Sentinels Friday night, 5-1. The win improves the Eagles to 3-5-1 in the South Puget Sound League South Division.

Federal Way got a pair of goals from Brian Koo and Devin Laughlin.

Koo’s first came on a pass from Steven Russell in the 27th minute and the second on a pass from Alex Kuzmichov in the 33rd minute. Laughlin’s goals came in the 51st minute on a pass from Gorden Chan and unassisted in the 60th minute.

Federal Way’s other goal came from Todd Hoover on a penalty kick in the 70th minute.

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