Goals galore: Decatur soccer nets three hat tricks

It’s a rare occurrence to see a hat trick by one player during an 80-minute high school soccer game. It’s even rarer to have two players from the same team tally three goals during a game.

But three? That never happens, does it?

Well, it did Tuesday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The Decatur Gators girls soccer team had three players finish with a hat trick during their 16-0 thrashing of the Bethel Braves. The Gators got four goals from Ashley Graves and three each from Rylie Buckholz and Rachel Markey.

The win improved Decatur to 8-3-1 in the South Puget Sound League South Division. The Gators currently sit third in the eight-team division, behind Beamer (11-0-1) and Emerald Ridge (9-2-2).

Tuesday night, Decatur burned up the back of the net against Bethel. Graves got things going early by scoring four of the Gators’ first six goals. Buckholz followed with three goals of her own and Markey tallied three of Decatur’s final six goals during the game.

The Gators also got individual goals from Abby McFaul, Jennifer Kanesta, Hannah Isaac, Allison Lewis, Chastity Rodrigues and Krystal Arredondo. Kayla Lipston and Allison Lewis combined on the shutout in goal for the Gators.

Decatur has three games remaining in the SPSL South regular season, including a big match with the second-place Emerald Ridge Jaguars today at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium. The Gators end the season on Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium against Beamer.

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders improved to 5-5-3 and moved into fourth place in the SPSL North with a 2-1 win over Auburn Riverside Tuesday. The top-four teams from the North and South divisions qualify for the SPSL Tournament.

The Raiders got the game-winning goal from Katie Carrell in the 31st minute to break a 1-1 tie. Jefferson’s Megan Hilby tallied the first goal of the game, but Auburn Riverside’s Chelsea Pries tied the game 12 minutes later.


The Todd Beamer Titans avenged an earlier non-league loss to the Federal Way Eagles Tuesday night with a four-game win, 23-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-18.

The victory improved the Titans to 4-7 on the season and moved them to 4-1 in non-league play. The Titans are 0-6 in the SPSL South.

Beamer got a solid all-around game from Alex Schultz against the Eagles. Schultz tallied seven kills, 14 assists and 10 digs. Ericka Duffy finished with 11 kills and McKenna Grotefend had eight kills. Federal Way (3-9 overall, 0-6 in the North Division) was led by the 10 kills of Monica McConnaughey. Danielle Tanielu tallied seven kills and Taylor Harris chipped in six kills.

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders (4-7, 0-6) remained winless in the SPSL North with a hard-fought, five-game loss to the Kentridge Chargers Tuesday night, 23-25, 25-7, 25-19, 22-25, 15-11.

The Raiders received 37 assists from Allie Crowe, 17 kills and three blocks from Katelyn Nugent, 11 kills and seven blocks from Morgann Green, 13 kills and 10 digs from Rachelle Eckert and five kills from Kendra Ansotigue.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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