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Titans, Gators share South title; SPSL Tourney next

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

For the eighth year in a row, the Federal Way School District provided the South Puget Sound League South Division boys soccer champion. But this year, the city’s newest school crashed the party.

A 2-0 shutout of Federal Way Friday night gave the Todd Beamer Titans a share of the SPSL South title with perennial power Decatur. Both finished the regular season with identical 7-1-1 records in the South. They played to a 1-1 tie in their only regular season match April 29.

The Gators, however, received the league’s No. 1-seed into tonight’s SPSL Tournament after winning a coin flip last weekend. Decatur will take on the Auburn Trojans at 8 p.m. at Tahoma High School for the SPSL title. Auburn won the North Division championship with a 10-2-4 record. Both teams will advance to Saturday’s West Central/Southwest District Tournament at either Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner or Mount Tahoma High School.

Sharing the SPSL South Division championship with Beamer is just another ho-hum season at Decatur. The Gator soccer program has become pretty accustomed to finishing atop the South Division. Decatur has outright won or shared four of the last five league championships.

As the No. 2-seed from the South, the Todd Beamer Titans will play the Tahoma Bears (9-2-5) at 8 p.m. tonight at Bethel High School. Tahoma finished second in the North. Both teams will advance to Saturday’s district tournament.

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders will be joining Decatur and Beamer in the postseason and might be playing the best soccer of them all. The Raiders finished off their regular season with a solid 2-1 win over Curtis Friday night to earn the South’s third seed with a 7-2-0 record. Jefferson will play North No. 4-seed Auburn Riverside (7-3-6) tonight at 6 at Bethel High School in a loser-out match up.

The Raiders have won their last four games by a combined score of 26-1, including a 5-0 thrashing of Beamer. During the streak, TJ has been led by the scoring of senior Lamar Neagle. The midfielder has scored 13 goals in the four matches, giving him 21 for the season.

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