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May 21, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The “Full 80” prep boys soccer blog — Week 9

The Roosevelt High School boys soccer team was just good enough to finish in a tie for fourth place in the KingCo 4A regular-season standings.

Now, peaking at the right time, the Roughriders (13-5-2) are poised to be top-four or better finish in the Class 4A state playoffs.

Calling it flipping the switch.

So what has changed since Roosevelt opened league play 1-4-0 and finished 5-5-0 for 15 points to be knotted with Issaquah and Redmond for fourth in KingCo 4A?

“I think KingCo 4A is one of the toughest leagues and anyone could beat anybody,” said Roosevelt coach Val Seid, who is in his fourth season. “There’s a lot of parity between our top teams and our bottom teams. Also, we played pretty much half of our games with up to 12 of our 18 players gone for various reasons.

“We had players gone for a 2 ½-week stretch.”

Roosevelt played without ineligible players, players who took extended vacations near spring break, five players who took part in the school’s “Hands For A Bridge” social issues program where students travel to South Africa and North Ireland and one player (starting outside back Rodrigo Arambula) who left the country to visit an ill relative.

The Roughriders got their roster back to full strength just prior to state after enduring the player drought from April 9-30 by plugging in junior varsity players.

“It wasn’t until state that we had our complete roster back,” said Seid, whose team went 4-1-0 during the critical stretch. “It’s been an interesting season, to say the least. We didn’t have any injuries, ironically.”

It’s also been a memorable one.

Roosevelt seeks to make school history and win its first state semifinal match on Friday when it faces Union of Vancouver (15-2-4) at 8 p.m. at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium.

Had the Roughriders lost their KingCo 4A finale to Ballard (1-9-0) (instead of winning 3-2) on April 30 or Newport beat Woodinville(3-7-0) (instead of losing 1-0) on April 30, it would have been the end of the 2013 season for them. Either combination would have knocked Roosevelt out of the postseason and out of one of the top-six qualifying spots.

“We got lucky by the skin of our teeth,” said Seid, who have won seven matches in a row currently. “Going into that last game, Newport was in third place and, by losing, they got knocked out completely. We moved some players around and we changed our system as we struggled with losing those players.

“It’s a group of guys that all they do is work.”

The Roughriders settled for a school-best fourth place finish by going 0-3 in their previous three state semifinal appearances in 1985, 1990 and 2005.

In 2005, Roosevelt fell in the 4A semis 2-1 in overtime shootout (4-3 in penalty kicks) to eventual state champion Jefferson.

Last year, the Roughriders were bounced from the state playoffs in the first round by eventual 4A state champion Skyview 4-1.

“Last year we made Roosevelt history by winning the KingCo [4A] championship [beating Skyline 2-1 in overtime shootout], and then we lost in the first round,” said Seid, whose team went 12-4-1 in 2012. “We want to go in Friday and create history for Roosevelt again. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. But it’s like let’s do something for the school that’s never been done.”

Roosevelt lost seven seniors – including four starters — from the 2012 squad, but it didn’t seem affect the momentum that the team built.

“When two of our seniors came back for the Ballard game after being gone, you could just tell their leadership was there,” Seid said. “We have guys on the bench who know their role and support others.”

The Roughriders play a team style where opponents don’t fear just one or two players. Senior forward/midfielder Eric Conte leads the team with 10 goals and two assists and defender Charlie Spurr and forward/midfielder Danny South have nine goals each.

South stepped up with a hat trick in the Roughriders’ 3-1 state quarterfinal win at Richland on Friday.

“The boys want to work hard together and we don’t have that fancy player that teams have to look out for,” Seid said. “We call ourselves a blue-collar team. We always have our future in front of us.”

Ignited on offense, Roosevelt has outscored foes 16-7 during its seven-math win streak.

Now, the Roughriders don’t really care how they do it. They just want two more victories and the school’s first state title in boys soccer.

Lone local unbeaten

Jefferson (16-0-4, SPSL 4A) remains as the only local team who is still unbeaten overall. The Raiders snuck past Inglemoor 1-0 on Saturday reach the Class 4A state semifinals and face Snohomish (19-1-0) on Friday at 6 p.m. at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Marquee matches upcoming

State brackets (links)

Final fours

Class 4A

Class 4A semifinals

At Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Snohomish (19-1-0) vs. Jefferson (16-0-4), 6 p.m.

Union (Vancouver) (15-2-4) vs. Roosevelt (13-5-2), 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Consolation final (3rd-4th places)

Snohomish-Jefferson loser vs. Union-Roosevelt loser, Noon (3rd-4th places)

Championship match

Snohomish-Jefferson winner vs. Union-Roosevelt winner, 4 p.m. (1st-2nd places)

Class 3A

Class 3A semifinals

At Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Bainbridge (12-4-0) vs. Shorecrest (15-3-4), 2 p.m.

Bonney Lake (17-4-0) vs. Hanford (15-6-0), 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Consolation final (3rd-4th places)

Bainbridge-Shorecrest loser vs. Bonney Lake-Hanford loser, 10 a.m. (3rd-4th places)

Championship match

Bainbridge-Shorecrest winner vs. Bonney Lake-Hanford winner, 2 p.m. (1st-2nd places)

Class 2A

Class 2A semifinals

At Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Tyee (14-4-1) vs. Sedro-Woolley (15-5-2), 6 p.m.

Ridgefield (18-3-1) vs. Cheney (18-2-0), 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Consolation final (3rd-4th places)

Tyee-Sedro-Woolley loser vs. Ridgefield-Cheney loser, Noon (3rd-4th places)

Championship match

Tyee-Sedro-Woolley winner vs. Ridgefield-Cheney winner, 4 p.m. (1st-2nd places) 

Class 1A

Class 1A semifinals

At Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Seattle Christian (18-1-0) vs. Okanogan (13-8-0), 2 p.m.

Lynden Christian (14-6-3) vs. Chelan (18-3-1), 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Consolation final (3rd-4th places)

Seattle Christian-Okanogan loser vs. Lynden Christian-Chelan loser, 10 a.m. (3rd-4th places)

Championship match

Seattle Christian-Okanogan winner vs. Lynden Christian-Chelan winner, 2 p.m. (1st-2nd places)

State playoff schedule FINAL FOURS – Class 3A, 4A, 2A & 1A

Friday, May 24 & Saturday, May 25, 2013

(Link below)

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 on May 12 in the final rankings prior to the state playoffs. ScoreCzar and 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 fourth spring boys soccer rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) came out on Tuesday, May 14 and is current. Three teams from Washington state appear in the top 20 and another is in the “also receiving votes” section. Snohomish (19-1-0) in Class 4A leads Washington schools at No. 5, Jefferson (4A) checks in at No. 12, Federal Way (4A) at No. 16 and Stadium of Tacoma (4A) in the “also receiving votes” section. The next set of spring rankings is due out Tuesday, May 14. The final poll of the spring is set to be released on June 18. The current rankings link is below:

The NSCAA regional poll was filled with all but one Washington team, from No. 1 through No. 10. Here’s the May 14 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


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