Todd Beamer midfielder Jacob “JJ” Allen was selected as the Federal Way Mirror Athlete of the Week.
A late goal from Allen in Beamer’s playoff win over Bothell on May 17 and a header on target on the May 19 win over Kamiak from Allen helped propel the Titans onto the 4A state semifinal round, a match the program has not seen since the 2008 season. It is only the second time in school history Beamer has advanced to the semifinals.
In the Titans’ first-round match against the Cougars, Allen was pulled down inside the box with the match tied at 1 in the 70th minute, giving Beamer the penalty-kick chance to win the game. Allen put a perfect touch on the ball to the right side. Bothell goalkeeper Justin Grubb thought the strike was going left, and Allen’s kick sent Beamer to the quarterfinals to face Kamiak.
The Titans faced Kamiak on May 19 in the semifinal round in Everett, and it was Allen who came through for a second straight match. Allen was able to get deep in the Kamiak box and connect on a header that didn’t finish, but it allowed for teammate Luke Gregg to land a touch on the ball and net the rebound for the game winner.
The Titans face Glacier Peak at 6 p.m. Friday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
“For JJ to take that ball in the box and get the foul, then for him to step up and bury it is actually perfect,” Beamer coach Joel Lindberg said. “He’s just done so much for us this year. It was just so nice to see him put that away for the win.”
To nominate an athlete to the Mirror’s Athlete of the week, send a short bio, stats and jpeg photo of the athlete to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Eagle Tire and Federal Way Public Schools.