The Tyee High School boys soccer team will try to make school history on Tuesday.
The Totems, making only their third state-tournament appearance, will look for their first victory in state play when they host Capital of Olympia in a Class 2A first-round match on Tuesday at Highline Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Tyee, under first-year head coach Allen Rider, qualified for state for the first time since scoring berths in 1981 and 1982.
“It gets me a little emotional just thinking about [winning a state match],” said Rider, who played soccer at Tyee, graduated from there in 2005 and took over this season after five seasons as an assistant for the Totems. “
Just seeing heads turn is great. It wasn’t that many years ago that Tyee was kind of a joke when it came to soccer. Just to be considered, rightfully, one of the teams to look out for in our league is huge.
“It’s just been a huge turnaround. To get that first state win, it’s exciting and it’s scary to get that first state win, because it’s so much new ground.”
Tyee (12-4-1 overall) finished tied for second with Kennedy Catholic this season in the Seamount with a 10-3-1 record and 31 points. Hazen won the league at 11-0-3 and 36 points.
The Totems tied the Highlanders, the Seamount champs, 2-2 on April 30.
That first state win would be mighty tasty, considering Tyee, as Seamount League champions in 2012, fell to Franklin Pierce 3-2 in overtime shootout at West Central 2A District.
In 2011, the Totems lost their state bid in identical 3-2 OT shootout fashion to White River at West Central 2A District.
Making state is a big deal this season, and winning a match at state would turn into a monumental accomplishment.
“It’s not something that we’ve necessarily every day taken time to focus on, but we want the boys to be conscious of it,” Rider said. “That’s more for the fact so they don’t become apathetic and take it for granted. You have a big opportunity and, you know, don’t let it slip by.
“Don’t drive yourself thinking about it, but don’t waste this chance to make history for the school.”
Rider’s transition from junior varsity head coach and assistant to taking over for John Yellam, the school’s athletic director, has been seamless.
“I’ve been around this area, the school district and the program,” said the 25-year-old Rider, a Totems’ team captain as a player as a junior and senior. “This season has kind of been a culmination of when John and I first sat down and went over goals for the program. That was after my first year as an assistant coach [in 2009] and he came on as the head coach.
“We talked about what our personal goals as coaches were and kind of saw we were kindred spirits in that sense. We were on the same page about sportsmanship and effort. We wanted to build a better brand of soccer.”
The only state appearances prior to 2013 yielded first-round losses. The Totems were eliminated by Bellarmine Prep 4-2 in ’81 and by Newport of Bellevue 2-1 in overtime shootout in ’82 in 4A play (then AAA).
The 2013 Totems are poised to change their fortunes in postseason after reversing it in regular season the past two seasons with top-tier Seamount League finishes. Tyee won the regular-season crown in 2012 with a 8-2-1 mark with 25 points and then tied for second in 2013 at 10-3-1 with 31 points.
“We have people now kind of randomly excited about our team and when we play,” said Rider, noting Tyee experienced a long run of losing seasons prior to 2012. “Even when I went to score there, and we weren’t successful, kids would openly just harass and cut down on the soccer team. Now, it’s different. It’s more of a ‘give ‘em hell’ kind of thing. A lot more teachers are interested too. When teachers are willing to take time out of the schedule, away from grading, to make it to games, that’s pretty awesome.”
The Totems are a 2A school playing in a primarily 3A league with a constant battle to get enough players to turn out until the last few seasons.
“We have a lot more players and lot more of them are playing soccer outside of school,” said Rider, who works at Target near Southcenter stocking freezers and coolers. “Playing year-round helps them stay in shape and with fundamentals. I know my starting 11 can handle the full 80 minutes or really close to it, and I have four or five guys on the bench to come in and work hard the whole time they are needed.”
Tyee reached state with Saturday’s 3-1 win over White River for the No. 3 seed in West Central District (WCD) tournament play. Capital enters as the No. 3 seed from the Southwest Washington District.
The Totems’ lineup features four seniors who landed on the first team of the All-Seamount League all-star voting – defender Jose Navarro, midfielders Edardo Pelayo and Jose Aguniga and forwards Liam Maginnis.
Maginnis and African-born Hamidou Kante, also a senior forward, are a lethal 1-2 scoring punch for the Toteams. Maginnis (24 goals, 2 assists) and Kante (8 goals, 10 assists) have combined for 76 points.
Rider transitioned Maginnis from a defensive center midfielder role to up front. It’s paid off for both coach and player, but most important has been a team approach.
“We have a lot of different weapons, but a lot of goals go through Liam,” Rider said. “He’s developed a lot at forward. We had to get guys buying into playing together. We used to have a lot of guys who were out to make themselves look good.”
Tyee outscored opponents 59-20 so far. The Totems don’t want the ride to end.
“I’m so proud and excited for the boys,” Rider said. “Our motto we’ve adopted this season has been G.R.I.T. We break down that acronym to play with Guts, Respect, Intensity and Tactics. We’re hoping to stay gritty and keep going as far as we can.”
Lone local unbeaten
Jefferson (14-0-4, SPSL 4A) remains as the only local team who is still unbeaten overall. University Prep (10-1-2, Emerald City League) fell from the ranks of the undefeated with a 5-2 to Lynden Christian on Tuesday (May 7) in the Tri-District 1A Tournament.
Marquee matches upcoming
State brackets (links)
State playoff schedule first round – Class 3A, 4A, 2A & 1A
Tuesday, May 14 & Wednesday, May 15
(Must be played before Saturday, May 18)
Washington state computer rankings
Bonney Lake (3A) and Seattle Christian (1A) are the local teams who top their respective classes in the Washington state computer rankings. ScoreCzar and goalWA.net have entered into a partnership for these rankings.
Jumbled at the top of the 3A ranks are local teams No. 2 Shorewood, No. 3 Liberty of Issaquah, No. 4 Hazen, No. 5 Chief Sealth (last week’s No.1), No. 7 Lakeside, No. 9 Shorecrest and No. 10 Kennedy Catholic following top-rated Bonney Lake. Also near the top are No. 13 Glacier Peak, No. 14 Mount Si, No. 15 Juanita and No. 16 Mercer Island.
Other locals near the top in other classes are Jefferson (4A) at No. 3, Snohomish (4A) at No. 4, Archbishop Murphy (2A) at No. 4, Cedarcrest (2A) at No. 5, Inglemoor (4A) at No. 7, Skyline (4A) at No. 8, Cedar Park Christian (1A) at No. 9, Burlington (2A) at No 10 and Bellevue Christian (1A) at No. 13.
Link below to full rankings by classification:
National rankings picture
The third spring boys soccer rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) came out on Tuesday, April 23 and is still current. Four teams from Washington state appear in the top 20. Snohomish in Class 4A leads Washington schools at No. 4, Skyline (4A) checks in at No. 10, Federal Way (4A) at No. 14 and Lakeside (3A) at No. 18. The next set of spring rankings is due out Tuesday, May 14. The current rankings link is below:
The NSCAA regional poll was filled with all Washington teams, from No. 1 through No. 10. Here’s the April 23 Region V poll for spring of 2013:
Here’s the new May 14 Region V poll for spring of 2013:
|Region 5 – Alaska, Washington|
|Rank||Team Name||City||State||Record (W-L-T)||State Div.|
|1||Snohomish||Snohomish||WA||17 – 1 – 0||4A|
|2||Thomas Jefferson||Auburn||WA||14 – 0 – 4||4A|
|3||Federal Way||Federal Way||WA||16 – 2 – 0||4A|
|4||Stadium||Tacoma||WA||13 – 2 – 0||4A|
|5||Skyline||Sammamish||WA||13 – 2 – 1||4A|
|6||Liberty||Renton||WA||12 – 1 – 3||3A|
|7||Central Kitsap||Silverdale||WA||11 – 1 – 4||4A|
|8||Lakeside||Seattle||WA||14 – 3 – 0||3A|
|9||Inglemoor||Kenwood||WA||11 – 2 – 1||4A|
|10||Shorewood||Shoreline||WA||14 – 2 – 2||3A|
|10||Juneau-Douglas||Juneau||AK||12 – 2 – 2|
|Others receiving votes|
|Archbishop Murphy||Everett||WA||16 – 2 – 1||2A|
|Bellingham||Bellingham||WA||17 – 1 – 1||2A|
|Cheney||Cheney||WA||16 – 2 – 0||2A|