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Gators blank Beamer to stay unbeaten

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

The Decatur Gators showed the upstart Todd Beamer Titan soccer team why they’ve won two of the last three Class 4A state championships. The Gators dominated a battle that pitted two of the three unbeaten teams in the South Puget Sound League South Division Friday night. Decatur earned a 3-0 shutout of the Titans at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

The win improves the Gators to 5-0 in league play and leaves them in a first-place tie with Curtis. Decatur and Curtis played last night. The loss drops Beamer to 4-1 in the South — still right in the playoff mix.

“They are a very good, very aggressive team that works hard,” said Decatur coach Jimmy McAlister.

Friday’s 3-0 win came after the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in a non-league contest earlier this season. Beamer led 1-0 most of the match, but Decatur scored on a penalty kick in the final minute to tie it up.

Friday, Ciaran O’Brien got the Gators on the board just 13 minutes into the game on a close-up shot inside the goalie box. Senior Marty Klingebiel made it 2-0 eight minutes after halftime. Klingebiel scored the goal after a corner kick.

Decatur’s third and final goal came off the foot of sophomore Josh Norwood.

Gator senior Kyle Bressler picked up the shutout in goal.

“We have a pretty unselfish group of kids who are willing to sacrifice for the team,” said McAlister. “They have really been outstanding.”

Jefferson

The Raiders fell behind early against Puyallup Friday night, but came away with a 2-1 win. The defending SPSL South champions moved to 4-1 in league and 9-2-1 overall.

Puyallup’s Mark Lee gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute, but Jefferson’s Ricky Getchell tallied his 12th goal of the season five minutes later on a pass from Steven Reusser to tie the game at 1-1.

Justin Andersen scored the game-winner in the 61st minute on a pass from Lamar Neagle.

Federal Way

The Eagles (2-1-2, 3-7-2) picked up a 1-0 win over Emerald Ridge Friday night on a goal from Jason Koch. Bryson Huie got the shutout in net for Federal Way.

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