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Curtis takes control of SPSL South soccer with 2-0 win over Decatur

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Decatur soccer team had its chances Friday night in the game of the year in the South Puget Sound League South Division. But the Gators’ offense just couldn’t convert against a solid Curtis Viking team.

The Vikings pretty much locked up the SPSL South Division championship with the 2-0 victory over second-place Decatur Friday in University Place. The win moved Curtis to 7-0-1 in league play and dropped the Gators to 6-2-0. Both teams have two games remaining and all Curtis needs is one win or a Decatur tie or loss to clinch the title. The regular season ends Friday and the SPSL Tournament, which will include the top-four teams from the North and South divisions, is scheduled for May 10.

The Gators, who have already clinched a playoff berth, dominated the time of possession during Friday night’s game with the Vikings. But Curtis and its defense stuck to their game plan of harassing Decatur star midfielder Ciaran O’Brien, one of the best playmakers in the state.

O’Brien did break away from the Vikings’ in the 69th minute and had a very good chance of tying the game at 1-1, but Curtis goalkeeper Matt Anderson made the save to preserve the shut out. The Gators got nine shots on the Curtis goal during the game.

The Vikings broke the scoreless tie in the 37th minute of the game when senior Kevin White took a corner kick and headed the ball into the left corner of the net for the 1-0 lead.

Curtis’ second goal came in the final seconds of the match off the foot of senior Rory Agu. Agu, an all-state caliber player, scored the goal when Decatur brought goalkeeper Sean Mackenzie into the offensive side of the field in an attempt to tie the game.

The defending state-champion Jefferson Raiders control their own destiny of making a return trip into the postseason. The Raiders moved to 5-2-2 in the SPSL South with a solid 2-0 win over the Federal Way Eagles Friday night. The win keeps TJ in third place, two points ahead of fourth-place Puyallup.

The Raiders could have clinched a playoff berth with a win last night against Emerald Ridge (after press time). Jefferson has a bye on the final day of the SPSL South regular season Friday night.

The Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute on a goal by sophomore Tyler Hanson and put the game out of reach in the 73rd minute on a goal by Ron Tomyn. Goalkeeper Tyler Jeffcoat picked up the shutout in net for TJ.

Beamer remained alive for a playoff spot with a 6-0 win over Spanaway Lake Friday. The victory moved the Titans to 4-3-1 and puts them in fifth place in the South. Beamer needs to win its final two league matches and hope fourth-place Puyallup stumbles against either Curtis or Emerald Ridge.

Sean Davis and Peyton Lane both scored a pair of goals against Spanaway Lake and TJ Young got the shutout in net or the Titans.

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

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