This is the second installment The “Full 80” prep boys soccer blog for the spring of 2014. Here’s a look at Tyee hoping for another run to the 2A title match and a more fulfilling finish, marquee matches and rankings.
Can Totems recapture the magic?
No doubt Allen Rider is hoping for a little déjà vu. And, then some with a different outcome.
Rider, the second-year Tyee High School head boys soccer coach, hopes there’s an encore performance to the Totems (15-5-1) history-making run to the Class 2A state-title match and school-best runner-up finish in 2013.
Tyee retains six starters and 13 players overall from that club, which was the first to win a state playoff match in the school’s third trip to state, but loses some firepower offensively. The Totems lost top scorer Liam Maginnis (26 goals, 4 assists) and top playmaking midfielders Eduardo Pelayo and Jose Aguiniga to graduation.
“It’s definitely not a given having a season like that and that we’d get back there, but I’m confident we’re going into postseason and that we’re still strong,” said Rider, who returns top players – brothers Hamidou and Adama Kante – along with senior captain and center back John Macias.
“The goal is always to go to state. That’s why you play the game in high school.”
Totems went 10-3-1 in the Seamount League to finish tied for third with Kennedy Catholic with 31 points each, but then got hot in the state playoffs.
They are off to a 2-0-1 start in 2014.
“There’s thing we need to work on, and I don’t want to be overconfident,” Rider said. “The title game, that’s where you want to go.”
Tyee fell to Cheney 2-1 in overtime in last season’s 2A final, but a black cloud of lack of sportsmanship still hangs over the match and led to a late first-half goal that tied the match 1-1. The Totems honored the sportsmanship code of kicking a ball out-of-bounds for an injured Cheney player but the Blackhawks never gave possession of the ball back once their injury situation was resolved, instead attacking and scoring the equalizer.
“It’s one thing to get flat-out beat, but it’s heartbreaking to have it be like it was taken away outside your control,” said Rider. “Regardless, whether we were right or wrong on that end of the controversy, to have that feeling of it kind of being taken away from you, it’s heartbreaking and affected the guys.
“There was open tears out on the field. It was hard to kind to kind to support guys and let them know they made the right decision and that it ended up costing them a state championship. It’s always going to be the right decision, but it bit us in the butt.”
The play involved an injury of Cheney player Oliver Smith. Pelayo noticed Smith was down on the ground hurt, and kicked the ball out of bounds and got the ref’s attention. That gave Cheney possession and a chance to return the ball out of sportsmanship, but the Blackhawks didn’t and instead attacked.
“Usually, the thing to do is to give a long throw-in back to the opponents’ defense or what it look like they were initially doing, which is throw it in to one of their guys and then boot it back,” Rider said. “It’s not a specifically written rule. It’s a common courtesy thing.
“Supposed the opposing coaches said they didn’t see what happened [on the injury].”
It appeared initially that some of the Cheney knew of the “unwritten rule” when Cheney defender Andrew Horton booted the ball down the field near his own goal and toward Tyee goalkeeper Alan Mora.
According to reports from the game, Micah Weller, a Cheney forward, made a play on the ball despite teammates yelling to him to not touch the ball.
Weller kept playing and scored on a 15-yard shot, beating Mora to tie the match at 1-1.
Tyee coaches lodged an immediate protest with tournament officials, but it was denied.
Ian Scimandle scored a golden-goal game-winner in overtime to give Cheney a 2-1 victory.
Many of the current Totems’ likely won’t forget.
Hamidou Kante, a senior, had nine goals and 11 assists in 2013 and moves to midfield in 2014. His brother, Adama, a junior, provided five goals and four assists last season and moved to forward for 2014.
The Totems must replace the midfield playmaking of Pelayo (1 goal, 10 assists) and Aguiniga (4 goals, 6 assists).
“Eduardo and JoJo, those two definitely held that team together,” Rider said. “Liam wouldn’t have been where he was with his goals if it weren’t for those two.”
Could karma be on the Totems’ side in 2014?
“It was really tough after the game,” Rider said. “It’s hard. For the next couple months, everyone wanted to hear the story. It still sucks to lose that way, but we’ve kind of made peace with it now.
“It’s kind of the driving force for these guys and it’s not like it’s holding us back anymore. We have guys who really want to get back.”
Is there enough left in the tank talent-wise?
“We lost a lot of guys, but we’re really surprised at how strong we were looking through tryouts,” Rider said. “We had 50 guys try out this year. This is the first time we’ve had to make cuts at our school. We ended up keeping 41 players for [varsity and junior varsity].
“We usually run a no-cut program, but we can’t afford to have a C team. We had to make a cutting point.”
Is Kentwood hot start a sign of a return to prominence?
It’s been since 2011 since the Kentwood boys soccer team has won the South Puget Sound League (SPSL) North Division. That same season the Conquerors equaled a school-best with a third-place finish in the Class 4A state tournament.
The Conks, off to a 4-0-1 start, are showing signs of life again after going 7-6-5 last season. Seven starters are back from last year’s club and the addition of freshman forward Mason Rudolph has been a boost.
The 6-foot Randolph scored five goals in the Conquerors’ first four matches and gives the seasoned team an infusion of youth and talent.
“So far, it feels like we are [heading back to the top of the SPSL North standings],” Kentwood coach Aaron Radford said. “We had a big turnover last year, because the year prior we had 12 seniors and so last year we had a pretty young group.
“We had a big chunk of sophomores and juniors last year, and we only had two seniors last year. We didn’t quite live up to our normal expectations in terms of the record and performance.”
In 2013, the Conks made the playoffs before bowing out in two matches.
“We got ourselves into the playoffs, and we were doing all right,” said Radford, who guided KW to first in the SPSL North at 13-0-3 and 17-2-3 mark in 2011. “That was probably because of big transition of groups of players. This year, we know have the same group and they’re a year older and year more experienced in our league. They’ve got another year of club soccer under their belt.
“It’s starting to pay off.”
Rudolph has emerged as big threat up front to score and a true impact freshman.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had that before,” Radford said. “Sometimes, with freshman they can get lost or be an outsider coming in with veteran status of players.
“His older brother is a senior [defender Garrett Rudolph] and has been with me for four years. He’s had a hand in sort of guiding him along as he came in.”
The freshman Rudolph’s fast start is nothing short of remarkable.
“In terms of ability as a freshman, I’ve had some good players who have scored some goals, but as a freshman, he’s one of the better forwards who understands his position,” said the Conks’ coach. “He has some room to grow. He has a lot of the tools a forward needs to understand. He’s a smart player.”
The Conks’ playmaking center midfielder Brandyn Bangsund returns healthy after injuring his knee about seven matches into 2013 and never really able to recover. Bangsund, a kicker for the Kentwood football team, has four goals so far in 2014.
“Last year, we used Brandyn at forward and he’s always been more of a midfielder,” Radford said. “Getting him back and getting Mason, allowed us to put him back at the midfield and be the engine and the driving force.
“His work rate is incredible. He really works hard off the ball and always uses his ball speed well. He’s naturally left-footed, but he’s actually hit better balls with his right foot this year. He’s hit two crossbars from range this year, and he’s just a versatile player. He really does ignite our team.”
Other key returning starters for the Conks are senior left back Keegan Crook (1 goal, 2 assists), junior winger Aidan Gray (2 assists) and senior goalkeeper Admir Kucalovic. Junior goalkeeper Noah Peterson is not eligible, but could return this season.
Kentwood also took third in 4A state in 2002 and 1988. They were fourth in 1986.
Is it too early to mark the Conks down as a legitimate threat to reach the Class 4A Final Four? First they must get through the always tough SPSL North.
“Our league is just so competitive,” Radford said.
Gaudy numbers being put up by the Tarriers
Charles Wright Academy of Tacoma is putting up some gaudy numbers against Class 1A Nisqually League foes in its 3-1-0 start.
In the Tarriers’ three wins, they have outscored opponents 35-1. Their lone loss was a 3-2 decision to Bellevue Christian on March 26.
The Tarriers opened the season with a 20-0 win over Chimacum on March 18 and an 11-1 victory over Cedar Park Christian on March 21.
Nick Iregui lead Charles Wright with 11 goals and two assists and teammate Grant Young has piled up 15 assists. Nate Young has seven goals and five assists.
Bellevue Christian’s Bennett Close has seven goals and two assists in his team’s 5-0-0 start atop the Nisqually League. The Vikings have outscored teams 18-3.
Marquee matches upcoming
Tuesday, April 1
SPSL 4A South: Tahoma at Kentridge at French Field, 5:30 p.m.; Mount Rainier at Kentwood at French Field, 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 4A: Inglemoor at Roosevelt, Skyline at Woodinville, both 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 3A/2A: Juanita at Mercer Island; Mount Si at Lake Washington; Liberty (Issaquah) at Sammamish, all 7:30 p.m.
3A Metro League: Bishop Blanchet at Seattle Prep, 3:30 p.m.; Eastside Catholic at Lakeside, 4 p.m.
3A/2A Seamount League: Kennedy Catholic at Lindbergh, 7:30 p.m.
WesCo 3A: Meadowdale at Glacier Peak, 7:30 p.m.
Cascade Conference: Cedarcrest at South Whidbey, 6 p.m.
Nonleague: Bellarmine Prep at Bonney Lake, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2
SPSL 4A South: Emerald Ridge at Beamer at Federal Way Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
WesCo 4A: Snohomish at Edmonds-Woodway; Lake Stevens at Jackson, both 7:30 p.m.
WesCo 3A: Stanwood at Marysville-Pilchuck, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 3
3A Metro League: O’Dea at Lakeside, 4 p.m.
Nonleague: Auburn Mountainview at Sumner, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 4
SPSL 4A North Division: Kentridge at Mount Rainier, 5:30 p.m.; Auburn Riverside at Auburn, 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 4A: Woodinville at Redmond, Issaquah at Roosevelt, both 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 3A/2A: Liberty (Issaquah) at Mercer Island, 7:30 p.m.
3A/3A Seamount League: Lindbergh at Tyee, 7:30 p.m.
WesCo 3A: Mountlake Terrace at Glacier Peak; Shorecrest at Shorewood at Shoreline Stadium, both 7:30 p.m.
Cascade Conference: Archbishop Murphy at Cedarcrest, 6 p.m.
Nonleague: Davis (Yakima) at Enumclaw, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 5
Nonleague: Northwest School at Friday Harbor, 4:30 p.m.
National rankings picture
The first spring boys soccer rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) came out on Tuesday, March 25. Four teams from Washington state debuted in the top 20 in the first set of rankings for the spring of 2014. Class 4A state champions Jefferson of Federal Way opened at No. 4, followed by Federal Way at No. 10, Camas at No. 16 and Inglemoor tied at No. 19. 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 first Region V poll for spring of 2014 (also pasted below):
|NEWEST: Region 5 – Alaska, Washington|
|Rank||Team Name||City||State||Record (W-L-T)||State Div.||Notes|
|1||Thomas Jefferson||Auburn||WA||1 – 0 – 0||4A||2014 State 4A Champions|
|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||2014 State 3A 2nd Place|
|7||Bainbridge||Bainbridge Island||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||2014 State Champions|
2014 SEATTLE TIMES STATE BOYS SOCCER RANKINGS
Here are The Seattle Times final rankings for Class 4A and 3A for Week 2 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 2
(2014 records in parentheses)
1, Federal Way (3-0-1)
2, Camas (5-0-1)
3, Inglemoor (5-1-0)
4, Jefferson (3-1-0)
5, Skyview (Vancouver) (6-0-0)
6, Kentwood (4-0-1)
7, Union (Vancouver) (5-1-0)
8, Snohomish (3-0-0)
9, Roosevelt (4-1-0)
10, Ballard (4-0-0)
On the bubble: Ferris (Spokane) (4-0-0), Central Valley (Spokane) (5-1-0), Puyallup (3-1-1), Kentridge (3-1-1), Rogers (Puyallup) (3-0-2), Issaquah (3-0-1), Skyline (2-0-2), Jackson (2-1-1), Mariner (2-0-1), Pasco (3-2-0), Bothell (4-2-1), Beamer (2-2-0), Lake Stevens (2-1-2), Gig Harbor (4-1-0), Eisenhower (Yakima) (3-1-1).
1, Bonney Lake (3-1-0)
2, Glacier Peak (3-0-1)
3, Liberty (Issaquah) (5-0-0)
4, Shorecrest (3-1-0)
5, Kennewick (6-0-0)
6, Lakeside (4-1-0)
7, Hanford (5-1-0)
8, Mount Spokane (4-1-0)
9, Mount Si (3-1-1)
10, Mercer Island (3-1-1)
On the bubble: Shorewood (0-1-3), Oak Harbor (2-0-1), Stanwood (2-1-1), Interlake (3-2-0), Hazen (3-1-0), Kennedy Catholic (2-1-1), Tyee (2-0-1), Lakes (4-0-0), Auburn Mountainview (0-0-1), Nathan Hale (3-0-1), Ingraham (2-1-2), Chief Sealth (2-2-1).
1, Cheney (5-1-1)
2, Archbishop Murphy (2-0-1)
3, Sedro-Woolley (5-0-1)
4, Ridgefield (2-0-1)
5, Bellingham (3-0-4)
6, Aberdeen (5-0-0)
7, North Kitsap (5-0-0)
8, Fife (4-0-0)
9, Ellensburg (4-0-0)
10, Pullman (6-1-0)
On the bubble: Cedarcrest (2-1-0), Squalicum (4-0-2), Anacortes (4-1-1), Capital (4-0-0), Black Hills (3-2-0), Kingston (4-1-0), Klahowya (4-2-0), Franklin Pierce (1-2-1).