Jefferson remains in front of SPSL South


Sports editor

A pair of wins by the Thomas Jefferson Raider soccer team last week sets up a huge matchup with the Curtis Vikings Friday night in University Place. The Raiders and Vikings will be battling for the South Puget Sound League South Division championship.

Jefferson actually sits atop the SPSL South with a 13-0-1 record, but Curtis is right behind the Raiders at 12-0-2. Both teams played last night – Jefferson against last-place Rogers and Curtis took on third-place Decatur, who gave the Vikings one of their two ties. Jefferson and Curtis tied 0-0 in their first matchup April 7.

The Raiders remained undefeated on the season with a pair of victories last week. Jefferson beat an inspired Federal Way team on Thursday, 3-2, and blew away Bethel on Saturda, 5-0.

The two goals scored by Federal Way on Thursday were twice as many goals as the Raiders had given up the entire season. Jefferson goalkeepers had allowed only one goal to the Spanaway Lake Sentinels during a March 29 match. Since then, the Raiders had put together nine-straight shutouts before the Federal Way match.

Against Bethel, the Raiders’ Ricky Getchell tallied a pair of goals in two minutes to put away the Braves. Getchell hooked up with senior Chris Sanders twice in the 28th and 29th minutes to put Jefferson up 2-0.

Jefferson’s other goals were scored by Steve Mohn, from Chris Henry, in the 41st minute, Rafael Velazquez, from Sanders, in the 60th minute, and Calvin Walsh in the 70th minute.

The shutout was shared by goalkeepers Matt Anderson and Taylor Landrud.

Jefferson 3, Federal Way 2

The Raiders got a tougher match than expected from the Federal Way Eagles Thursday night.

Jefferson got a pair of goals from Velazquez and another from Sanders to outscore the Eagles. Anderson got the win in goal.


The Decatur Gators remained entrenched in third place in the South Puget Sound League South Division with a 2-1 victory over the Bethel Braves on Thursday night. The win improved the Gators to 10-2-2.

No other details about the game were reported.

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