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Eagles roll over SL, remais in first

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The league-leading Federal Way girls soccer team won another yawner Thursday to remain unbeaten in the South Puget Sound League South Division. The Eagles (6-0-1 in league and 10-1-3 overall) downed the winless Spanaway Lake Sentinels, 4-0, at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

The victory also clinched the Eagles a playoff spot. The SPSL Tournament will be played Nov. 3 at Curtis and Sumner high schools. The top-four finishers from the North and South divisions receive berths.

Against Spanaway Lake, the Eagles scored all four of their goals in the first 31 minutes and cruised the rest of the way. Following Federal Way’s first-half offensive explosion, first-year coach Jason Baumgardt was able to put in a lot of his younger players to get some experience against the 0-12-0 Sentinels.

“It was good for the bench,” he said.

Federal Way’s four first-half goals came from four different players. Cayla Dixon scored in the ninth minute, Mandy Ploskonka followed in the 14th with a goal and Brittany Bennett took a pass from Megan Price in the 24th minute to make it 3-0. Price tallied the final goal in the 31st minute on a pass from Briana D’Aguiar.

The Eagles could clinch at least a share of the SPSL South title with a win over cross-district rival Decatur Saturday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Puyallup also sits 6-0-1 in league and the two teams tied in their only meeting of the season.

Jefferson

The Raiders lost a heart-breaking match Thursday, 2-1, to the Emerald Ridge Jaguars. The loss drops Jefferson into a tie for fourth place in the SPSL South with a 3-2-2 record and the victory improves Emerald Ridge to 4-3-0 in league play.

The Jaguars took the lead on a goal by Jill Jensen in the 29th minute, but TJ’s Brittany McKay tied the game at 1-1 with a goal four minutes later.

That’s how the score stayed until Emerald Ridge’s Kates Ginther scored an unassisted goal with less than a minute remaining in the match to give the Jaguars the 2-1 win.

Jefferson needs a pair of wins in their final two SPSL South matches to have a chance at a playoff berth. The top-four teams move onto the SPSL Tournament. The Raiders played Bethel last night (after press time) and travel to league-leading Puyallup Thursday.

Decatur

The Gators won their second match in a row Friday over the Rogers Rams, 2-1. The win improves Decatur to 4-3-0 in the SPSL South and moved them into a tie for the fourth and final playoff berth from the league with Emerald Ridge and Jefferson. Decatur is 7-6-1 overall.

Against Rogers, Decatur picked up goals from Kelsey Lusebrink and Jordann Gilmer. Lusebrink’s goal, her 11th on the season, came in the 21st minute and Gilmer’s followed in the 48th. Rogers lone goal came late in the second half.

Decatur took on Beamer yesterday (after press time) and will take on Federal Way in their final SPSL South game of the season Saturday.

Decatur will most likely have to win both of the games to have a shot at making the playoffs. Emerald Ridge plays the two worst teams in the league — Spanaway Lake and Rogers — in their final two.

Beamer

The Titans fell to 2-3-2 in the SPSL South and 4-6-2 overall with a shut out loss to the unbeaten Puyallup Vikings Thursday, 2-0.

Puyallup got two second-half goals from Tiffany Resch and Courtney Wetzel to earn the victory and move to 6-0-1 in the South.

The Titans travel to Curtis Thursday for their final SPSL South match of the season.

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

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