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Deep-sixed

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

There have been plenty of impressive soccer games played during the storied history of the Thomas Jefferson boys program.

But there have been none more impressive than the offensive game senior Lamar Neagle put together Tuesday night during an 11-0 blowout win over the Spanaway Lake Sentinels at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

The midfielder broke a 31-year-old school record with six goals, including two in the first 37 seconds of play. The old TJ record was five, set in 1974, and has withstood a state-record six state championships by the Raiders, including four in a row from 1983 to ‘86.

“There have been some good players to go through here,” said head coach Darren Sawatzky, who also played at TJ, the University of Portland and several years of professional soccer. “It’s a pretty big deal, especially considering that he plays for TJ and the history of our school.”

Neagle has been the Raiders biggest offensive threat after returning from an ankle injury that kept him out the first three matches of the season. In the 10 games he has played this year, Neagle has tallied a team-leading 14 goals and six assists.

“That kid is among the biggest diamonds in the rough in under-18 soccer,” Sawatzky said. “He’s one of those guys that hit his stride late.”

It looks like Neagle will play his college soccer at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas along with TJ teammate Brandon Sprague. Neagle made an official visit to the Division I program earlier this season.

“He needs a coach that will let him develop,” Sawatzky said. “Because when he’s on, he’s pretty unstoppable.”

That specialness was on full display Tuesday against Spanaway Lake and you knew it was going to be a pretty special night after Neagle scored two goals on the first two possessions of the match.

He took the opening kickoff right through the teeth of the defense to score and then stole Spanaway Lake’s ensuing kickoff and dribbled into the penalty box to tally his second goal.

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