This is the first installment The “Full 80” prep boys soccer blog for the spring of 2014. Here’s a look at Jefferson eyeing its ninth big-school state title, marquee matches and rankings.
Raiders look to restock talent in time to add another trophy
They may not have the same tactical firepower or creativity.
Losing creative playmaking midfielders Isidro Prado-Huerta and Luis Alvaro Osornio to graduation was a big hit to the Jefferson High School boys soccer team, the defending Class 4A state champions.
But coach Dave Hanson is confident there will still be some fight and grit left in his Raiders, who own a state-best eight big-school state titles. This is despite the fact that the 2014 version loses seven of 11 starters from its 2013 championship team.
The Raiders, who went 18-0-4 last season capped with a 3-0 triumph over Union of Vancouver in the 4A final, go from a full cupboard of flash to just a dash of flash.
“You don’t replace Isidro Prado-Huerta, the MVP of the state [in Class 4A],” Hanson said. “That’s the bottom line. He was 18th overall for votes in the country. We lost a lot of scoring punch and tactical ability on the field.
“We’re going to have some serious fight. I still expect us to challenge for the [4A South Puget Sound League North Division] title and go fairly deep in the playoffs.”
Jefferson retains the services of its top scorer – senior forward Brandon Madsen (20 goals, 5 assists) – and its top defender – senior left back Glenn Carpenter.
But in between, the Raiders must fill in some gaps and make up for lack of on-ball talent with determination and second effort instead of using flashy moves in the open field.
“The kids are going to have some fight in them,” said Hanson, who took over the program in 2007. “This year’s team may not be of the quality we’ve had in the past, but I like their attitude and their fight.”
Jefferson replaces McKay Owsley in goal with sophomore Hunter Bowman.
“He’s doing awesome,” Hanson said. “He’s really come into his own. We don’t have JV [junior varsity], so he was on my practice squad last year.”
Junior Connor Thompson, the Raiders’ backup, is waiting in the wings at goalkeeper.
In addition to Carpenter returning, the defense remains mostly intact with the return of senior center back Nigel Hall and sophomore Garrett Dahl, a part-time regular as a freshman. Senior Jalen Bond also figures to make an impact on the back line this season.
“I’m anchoring my back line with three returners and it’s all seniors,” Hanson said.
Also back is starter Paul-Andrew McCleary, a junior center midfielder. Madsen, Carpenter and Hall will share captain duties this season.
Senior Samuel Vargas, a transfer from Tyee, should factor into the equation at forward and give the Raiders some pace up front once he recovers from injury.
“He moved into our school district,” Hanson said. “He’s a great addition. I hoping to get him back this week. I think that kid is going to score some goals.”
Jefferson must contend with Federal Way down the road in the playoffs as the local rival plays in the opposite division of SPSL. The Eagles (15-1-0, 45 points) won the South Division last season and the Raiders (12-0-4, 40) took the North crown in 2013.
The Eagles are off to a 2-0 start to the Raiders opening 1-0.
“We’ve got a lot more scrappiness this year, but last year I was a lot more dynamic,” Hanson said. “I replace some skill with a little bit more fight. We have 13 returners back.”
Shorecrest not losing its head over fluky 3A title loss in 2013
The Shorecrest High School boys soccer team got hot at the right time and nearly rode that hot streak all the way to a Class 3A state title.
Shorecrest coach Drew Thompson knows his team was just one bounce away from a state crown last season.
The Scots (16-4-4) fell 1-0 to Bonney Lake (19-4-0) on a fluky own goal late in the 3A title match last season. The Panthers’ Zach Jones laced a line-drive free kick from 51 yards that skipped and caromed off the head of Shorecrest freshman defender Kevin Musar in the 78th minute.
“It was very unlucky, and that’s part of the game,” Thompson recalled. “I felt the boys were playing good enough in that state final to be state champions. It was just an unlucky bounce. It was unfortunate.
“It’s the way things go.”
Shorecrest returns five starters, including Musar, from last year’s 3A state runner-up squad.
“[Musar] is back this year and starting,” Thompson said. “He learned a lot not only from that event and the whole season as a freshman. We didn’t fault Kevin for that. Nobody faulted Kevin for that.
“The kid was trying to make a play on the ball, and it just came off his head wrong and went into our goal. It was disappointed for sure, and we felt like we played well enough to win.”
Just before disaster struck on Bonney Lake’s final push for the their first state title in boys soccer, Shorecrest had seized some momentum only to see it evaporate suddenly.
“We felt like things were swinging in our direction just prior to the own goal going in,” Thompson said. “We really don’t talk about it much [this season].”
Musar was a good-natured target of team ribbing after his title-match miscue.
“If anything, we kid Kevin about it,” Thompson said. “He’s fine. Kevin’s a great kid with a great sense of humor and he can laugh at himself. Certainly he was devastated at the end of the game last year.
“But we were kidding him about it around school later in the year. He got over it very quickly. All of us got over it quickly. It’s just one of those things that happened.”
The Scots are off to a 2-0 start heading into Tuesday’s road match against Meadowdale at 7:30 p.m.
Shorecrest hosts Glacier Peak on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Shoreline Stadium in a key WesCo 3A South Division match. That meeting could go a long way toward determining the South champion.
Then, the following Friday, March 4, Shorecrest meets Shoreline rival Shorewood at 7:30 p.m. at Shoreline Stadium in a home match for the Thunderbirds.
Lakeside loses Adekoya to college commitment
On the advice of his college coaches, UCLA-bound senior Seyi Adekoya will not play for the Lakeside boys soccer team this spring.
Adekoya led the Lions in scoring last season with 17 goals and four assists on a 14-4-0 team that lost to eventual Class 3A state champion Bonney Lake 1-0 in the first round of the state playoffs.
“He is headed to UCLA, was considering playing for us, but his UCLA coach ‘highly recommended’ that he not play high school soccer,” Lakeside coach Mark Szabo said. “Seyi is now our manager and constantly around the team, but doesn’t feel like he can play.”
Lakeside beat Bainbridge 1-0 in the Metro League championship match last season.
WIAA adopts FIFA rules for high-school soccer this spring
With the introduction of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rules to govern high-school boys soccer this spring, it could have some significant impact on the game.
The biggest change is unlimited substitutions on any dead-ball situation, meaning situational substitutions are likely. Also, players issued yellow cards no longer are required to exit the field of play and time will now be officially kept on the field of play by referees, meaning the scoreboard clock with be stopped showing two minutes remaining in each half.
“The substitution change is the major change,” Shorecrest coach Drew Thompson said. “It’s still unlimited. It’s actually nicer now that you can sub on any stoppage of play. You can get kids in the game when you want to get them in the game.
“It benefits teams who have specialists, like free-kick or corner-kick specialists.”
With the old substitution rule, a coach could only substitute on your own throw-in, corner kick or either team’s goal kick.
“Now, you can sub on any throw-in, any corner kick, any goal kick or any free kick in the game,” Thompson said. “We never could sub on free kicks before.”
Marquee matches upcoming
Tuesday, March 25
SPSL 4A South: Puyallup at Curtis, 7:30 p.m.
SPSL 4A North: Mount Rainier at Jefferson at Federal Way Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
WesCo 4A North: Snohomish at Lake Stevens, 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 4A: Woodinville at Inglemoor at Pop Keeney Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 3A/2A: Interlake at Mount Si; Mercer Island at Sammamish, both 7:30 p.m.
3A Metro League Mountain Division: Bishop Blanchet at Lakeside, 4 p.m.; O’Dea at Bainbridge, 6 p.m.
WesCo 3A South Division: Glacier Peak at Shorewood, 7:30 p.m.
1A Emerald City League: Northwest School at Seattle Academy at Starfire Sports Complex, 3:30 p.m.
Nonleague: Decatur at Newport; Eastside Catholic at Skyline, both 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26
Nonleague: Bonney Lake at Redmond, 7 p.m.; South Whidbey at Overlake, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 27
SPSL 4A North Division: Auburn at Kentridge; Jefferson at Kentwood, both 7:30 p.m.
3A Metro League: Lakeside at O’Dea, 3:30 p.m.
1A Emerald City League: Unversity Prep at Seattle Academy at Starfire Sports Complex, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, March 28
KingCo 4A: Roosevelt at Bothell; Ballard at Inglemoor; Woodinville at Issaquah, all 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 3A/2A: Mercer Island at Interlake; Lake Washington at Liberty (Issaquah), 7:30 p.m.
WesCo 3A South Division: Glacier Peak at Shorecrest at Shoreline Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
WesCo 3A North Division: Marysville Getchell at Marysville-Pilchuck, 7 p.m.
1A Cascade Conference: Archbishop Murphy at King’s, 7 p.m.
1A Emerald City League: Bush at Northwest School at Starfire Sports Complex, 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 29
SPSL 4A North Division: Kentwood at Tahoma, 4 p.m.
SPSL 4A South Division: Curtis at Federal Way, 5:30 p.m.
Nonleague: Shorewood at Bothell at Pop Keeney Stadium, 5:30 p.m.; Roosevelt at Bishop Blanchet, 3 p.m.
National rankings picture
The first spring boys soccer rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) are due to come out on Tuesday, March 25. Two teams from Washington state finished in the top 20 in last year’s final rankings for the spring of 2013, which came out June 18, 2013. Class 4A state champions Jefferson of Federal Way finished tied at No. 7 and 4A fourth-place finisher Snohomish was No. 14. Bonney Lake, the 3A state champ, was among teams “also receiving votes,” as was Union of Vancouver, the 4A state runner-up. The link is below:
The NSCAA regional poll was filled with all but one Washington team, from No. 1 through No. 10. Here’s the final Region V poll for spring of 2013:
First set of Region 5 rankings of 2014 – Tuesday, March 25
|Region 5 – Alaska, Washington|
|Rank||Team Name||City||State||Record (W-L-T)||Class|
|1||Thomas Jefferson||Auburn||WA||1 – 0 – 0||4A|
|2||Federal Way||Federal Way||WA||2 – 0 – 0||4A|
|3||Camas||Camas||WA||3 – 0 – 1||4A|
|4||Inglemoor||Kenmore||WA||4 – 0 – 0||4A|
|5||Skywiew||Vancouver||WA||3 – 0 – 0||4A|
|6||Shorecrest||Seattle||WA||2 – 0 – 0||4A|
|7||Bainbridge||Bainbridge Isle||WA||1 – 0 – 0||3A|
|8||Puyallup||Puyallup||WA||1 – 0 – 1||4A|
|9||Archbishop Murphy||Everett||WA||1 – 0 – 1||2A|
|10||Glacier Peak||Snohomish||WA||2 – 0 – 0||3A|
|10||South Anchorage||Anchorage||AK||0 – 0 – 0|
SEATTLE TIMES STATE BOYS SOCCER RANKINGS
Here are The Seattle Times final rankings for Class 4A and 3A for Week 1 of the 2014 season (this year’s record in parentheses):
Week 1 rankings – 4A, 3A, 2A
Class 4A, 3A & 2A boys soccer state rankings – Week 1
(2013 records in parentheses)
1, Jefferson (18-0-4)
2, Federal Way (16-3-0)
3, Inglemoor (12-3-1)
4, Camas (15-5-0)
5, Puyallup (12-4-3)
6, Union (Vancouver) (16-3-4)
7, Skyview (Vancouver) (14-2-1)
8, Snohomish (19-3-0)
9, Pasco (9-7-0)
10, Roosevelt (14-6-2)
1, Bonney Lake (19-4-0)
2, Shorecrest (16-4-4)
3, Glacier Peak (13-6-2)
4, Shorewood (15-3-2)
5, Lakeside (14-4-0)
6, Liberty (Issaquah) (12-2-3)
7, Chief Sealth (13-3-3)
8, Mount Si (11-5-1)
9, Kennewick (NA)
10, Hanford (15-8-0)
1, Cheney (20-2-0)
2, Archbishop Murphy (16-3-0)
3, Sedro-Woolley (16-6-2)
4, Ridgefield (18-5-1)
5, Bellingham (NA)
6, Aberdeen (13-2-0)
7, North Kitsap (NA)
8, Franklin Pierce (NA)
9, West Valley (Yakima) (NA)
10, Grandview (NA)