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FWay soccer plays way into postseason; TJ loses

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

The upstart Federal Way Eagles picked up a huge win Friday night over the Bethel Braves. The Eagles downed the Braves 1-0 to earn the South Puget Sound League South Division’s fourth and final seed into tonight’s SPSL tournament.

The win improved the Eagles to 8-7-1 and pushed them above the team they beat Friday –– Bethel. Federal Way started the season with a 2-4-1 record before winning six of their final nine SPSL South games to make the playoffs, along with the two other Federal Way school district teams –– Jefferson and Decatur.

“Federal Way is not as bad as everybody says they are,” said Jefferson coach Darren Sawatzky after his league-champion Raiders beat the Eagles 3-2 last week. “(Federal Way coach) Jarrod (Fluery) has done a good job over there.”

Federal Way will take on Auburn Riverside at 6 p.m. tonight at Sumner High School. Riverside finished in third place in the SPSL North. The winner of the game will get the SPSL’s #5 or #6 seed into the West Central District tournament depending on the outcome of other playoff games.

The Eagles’ lone goal on Friday against Bethel came from Devin Loughlin. But that was all goalkeeper Seth Grisham needed. He earned the shutout in goal.

Jefferson

The South Puget Sound League South Division champions lost their first game of the season on Friday night to second-place Curtis in a fairly meaningless game, in terms of standings.

The Vikings downed the Raiders, 2-1, to remain unbeaten on the season (13-0-3). Jefferson won the league title with a 14-1-1 record with its only loss and tie coming at the hands of Curtis.

The Raiders looked like they would finish the SPSL South season unbeaten in the first half. Senior Ricky Getchell tallied the first goal on a penalty kick.

But the Vikings scored twice in the final 22 minutes. Curtis midfielder Greg Swanson beat Raiders goalie Matt Anderson to tie the game up and less than two minutes later, Nate Juvik scored the final goal of the game.

The Raiders will take on Kentridge tonight at 8 p.m. at Sumner High School. Kentridge won the SPSL North title and the winner of the game will get the league’s No. 1 seed into the West Central District Tournament. The loser will be the No -2 seed.

Decatur

The Decatur Gators enter the postseason as one of the hotter teams in the area after shutting out the Puyallup Vikings Friday night, 3-0. The young Gators finished the South Puget Sound League South Division season with a 11-2-3 record, which was good for third place behind Jefferson and Curtis.

The Gators will take on the Kentwood Conquerors tonight at 6 p.m. at Curtis High School. The winner of the game will get the fifth or sixth seed into the West Central District Tournament and the loser will go home. Kentwood finished in fourth place in the SPSL North.

Against Puyallup, Decatur picked up goals from Kyle Colbath, David Klein and freshman Ciaran O’Brien. The shutout went to Taylor McCluskey in goal.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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