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Beamer soccer keeps racking up victories
By CASEY OLSON
The Todd Beamer Titan boys soccer team continues to impress.
The Titans have started the season with an impressive 4-1-2 record in their second year of existence and feature a lineup littered with mostly sophomores and freshman. Beamer also moved to 1-0-0 in the South Puget Sound League South Division with a 3-1 win over Rogers Friday night.
But the win over Rogers pales in comparison to what the Beamer program accomplished Wednesday afternoon.
The Titans picked up the biggest win in their short history when they downed the defending Class 4A state champion Bellarmine Prep Lions at Federal Way Memorial Stadium, 3-2. The win over the Lions, who also were crowned the fictional national champions after the 2004 season, halted Bellarmines 26-match unbeaten streak.
Every game that the boys play as a team feels great, Beamer coach Adam Kulaas said. The boys have finally taken complete control of how their season will progress and with the stats being spread out the way that they are, it is clear that they have grasped the team-first mentality that we, as a coaching staff, promote.
Wednesday afternoon, the Titans rolled out to a 3-0 lead midway through the second half, then withstood a late Bellarmine charge.
Peyton Lane, who had two goals and an assist in Beamers 5-0 rout of Spanaway Lake in non-league play April 11, set up the first two goals of the Bellarmine game. Tyler Brigham tallied the first in the 20th minute off a corner kick, and Conner Edwards made it 2-0 in the 60th minute on a pass from Lane.
Five minutes later, Brigham put his second ball in the net to give Beamer a commanding 3-0 lead.
We stay grounded in the fact that we are 1-0 (in SPSL South play) and that we do not want the highlight of our season to be that we defeated Bellarmine in a non-league match on a certain day, Kulaas said.
The Titans, however, seem primed to contend for the schools first-ever SPSL South title in any sport. Beamer features an offensive lineup that has scored 21 goals in seven matches and have five players who have at least three goals. Lane leads the team with five and Brigham and Edwards both have four. Midfielder Sean Davis has dished out seven assists and goalkeepers David Tyler and T.J. Young have combined on four shut outs.
The Gators got the one that counted Friday night in a showdown of the two teams that tied for the SPSL South soccer crown last season. Decatur moved to 1-0 in the South with a 1-0 win over Jefferson at Federal Way Memorial Stadium in both teams league openers.
Nine days earlier, TJ downed the Gators, 2-1, in a no-count match. The win moves Decatur to 3-2-3 overall and dropped the Raiders to 3-1-4 overall.
The only goal Friday came off the foot of freshman Dominic Dedaj in the 54th minute on a pass from Kevin Day. Senior Taylor McCluskey picked up the shutout in the goal for the Gators.
Four Federal Way school district athletes picked up individual wins at the prestigious Bill Harris Invitational Meet April 12 at a rain-soaked Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The meet featured 16 boys and girls teams. The Ballard Beavers combined to win the team title with 145 1/3 points. Decatur finished sixth, Beamer eighth and Federal Way ninth.
On the girls side, Decatur sophomore Princess Joy Griffey continued her impressive season with a sweep of the 100 (12.32) and 200 (25.58) meters. Griffey is the defending Class 4A champ in the 100. Beamers Kiara Schaffer won the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 8 inches.
On the boys side, Decaturs Bryan Borrelli won the discus with a throw of 45-7 and Federal Ways David Gailey took the discus at 141-7.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org