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Eagles survive tough week, remain in first

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

It was a week that was going to make or break the Federal Way girls soccer team and their chase of the South Puget Sound League South Division title. The Eagles passed the test by putting together a 2-0-1 week against three of the better teams in the league to stay atop the division.

The Eagles downed Bethel Tuesday, Curtis Saturday and tied fellow unbeaten Puyallup, 2-2, Thursday. Federal Way and Puyallup are both 4-0-1 in league play.

Against Puyallup at Sparks Stadium, the Eagles played the game without three key starters due to illness and injury, but still seemed to have the game in hand. Federal Way rolled to a 2-1 lead on goals from Bree Rowe in the 14th minute on a pass from Mandy Ploskonka and Brittany Bennett on a pass from Rowe in the 57th minute. Puyallup jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on a goal from Christy Goulet in the 12th minute.

But a crucial mistake by the Federal Way goalkeeper allowed Puyallup’s Courtney Wetzel to score the tying goal with just eight minutes left in the match.

“The girls played hard,” Federal Way coach Jason Baumgardt said. “(The mistake) was the difference between winning and the end result of a tie. Thankfully it’s looking very positive for everyone to be healthy. It’s very scary to see where we are at and not at full strength. Very positive for our side.”

It was scary on Saturday against Curtis (3-2-0, 8-4-0). Federal Way got its three starters back and cruised to a 2-0 shut out against last year’s co-SPSL South champs. The Eagles got first-half goals from Cayla Dixon and Brittany Bennett and goal keeper Chelsea White shut out the Vikings.

“We played a great first half with opportunity after opportunity,” Baumgardt said. “Second half we didn’t play as well, but still had opportunities. If we play like we did on Saturday we should come out on top.”

Jefferson

The Raiders (3-1-1, 3-8-1) continued their late-season push with wins over Decatur and Rogers last week. Jefferson shut out Decatur, 1-0, Saturday and beat Rogers, 8-0, Thursday. TJ currently sits in third place in the South.

Against Rogers, the Raiders got a pair of goals from Cameo Grubbs and Mel Hicks and single goals from Kelsey Racicot, Michelle Borth, Brittany Creek and Allie Guerrero. Michelle Mohn tallied three assists and Jessica Robey and Ellen Yates combined on the shutout in goal.

Decatur

The Gators lost their second and third in a row last week. Thursday, Curtis beat Decatur, 2-0, and Saturday, Jefferson won, 1-0. Decatur started the SPSL South regular season 2-0-0.

Against Curtis, the Vikings got a pair of goals from Rachelle Barry. The losses dropped Decatur to 2-3-0 in league and 5-5-1 overall.

Beamer

The Titans (2-1-2, 4-4-2) beat Spanaway Lake Friday afternoon, 4-1, and tied Bethel, 0-0, Saturday.

Against Spanaway Lake, Beamer got goals from Nicole Peterson, Jordan Cook, Amanda Claunch and Jordan Salisbury.

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