AMEN, KEJSER WIN ALL-CITY MEET
Lincoln junior Mecca Amen and Stadium senior Louise Kejser won the boys and girls races, respectively, at the Tacoma City Championships cross country meet on Oct. 16 at Wright Park.
Amen crossed the finish line in a season-best 17:04.55 in the 5,000-meter race, more than four seconds better than second-place finisher Zach Lam of Stadium. The Tigers, though, took the team title, with junior Riley Bryson placing fifth, freshman Kyle Hammond taking eighth and senior Mark Harris finishing ninth. Wilson took second place as a team, as senior Austin Lawrence finished in 17:42.76 to take third place, while sophomores Alex Gayvoronski and Andrew Bone took fifth and sixth place, respectively.
Kejser, meanwhile, edged out freshman teammate Anna Geffen for the girls title, finishing in 20:43.23. The Tigers placed eight runners in the top ten – and had 12 of the top 14 finishers – to claim a landslide team victory, as Skye Chen-Johnson took third place and Heather Phipps, Miri Hyman, Sena Crow, Reily Savenetti and Kylee Young took fifth through ninth place. The Wilson girls took second place as a team, as freshman Lucia Schmidt-Steffen finished fourth in a season-best 21:44.23 and junior Hunter Freuhling-Thomas took tenth place.
LOGGERS’ RUN LIFTS THEM TO SECOND
The Puget Sound women’s soccer team has won seven straight matches – allowing just one goal during the stretch – to put them in second place in the Northwest Conference, firmly in position to challenge for their 12th straight conference title.
The Loggers won 3-0 at Whitworth on Oct. 19 as Kylie Beeson struck for two goals to lead the way. Beeson got the Loggers on the board in the 13th minute, taking a pass from Jordyn McLuen on the left side and scoring. Haley Rosenberg struck for a goal less than a minute before halftime to give Puget Sound a strong lead. Beeson then sealed it for the Loggers in the 80th minute with her second goal. The Loggers outshot the Pirates 19-4 in the match.
They followed that up with an 1-0 win at Whitman in overtime on Oct. 20, as Robin Vieira struck for a goal on a breakaway in the 98th minute to provide the game-winner. Loggers keeper Lauren Thomas made five saves in the match to help keep the score level.
The Loggers return home to host Willamette on Oct. 26 at noon and George Fox on Oct. 27 at noon. They will host Pacific Lutheran on Oct. 30 at 3 p.m., and host first-place Linfield on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. in their final home match.
TITAN MEN AND WOMEN PURSUING PLAYOFFS
The Tacoma Community College men’s soccer team split a pair of matches last week to sit in third place in the West Division of the NWAACC.
The Titans won 1-0 over Olympic on Oct. 16, as Alex Vaver struck in the 85th minute for the game-winner and keeper Nicolas Lopez made seven saves to record the shutout. But they fell 2-0 to first-place Peninsula on Oct. 19, setting up a big showdown against fourth-place Bellevue – which they were scheduled to face on Oct. 23. With two matches remaining, the Titans hope to stay put in third place, the final playoff spot in the division.
The TCC women’s soccer team is currently on the outside of the playoff picture, as they also split a pair of matches last week. The Titans topped Olympic 3-1 on Oct. 16, as Shayli Housman got TCC on the board in the 33rd minute and assisted Tori Gollinger’s goal to make it 2-0 in the 74th minute. Jennie Mills scored in the 77th minute off an assist by Rachel Kimmerly to put the game away. But the Titans fell 7-0 to Peninsula on Oct. 19, and they too faced a pivotal matchup against Bellevue on Oct. 23. Trailing Bellevue for the final playoff spot by four points, the Titans need to rattle off a couple of wins in their final three matches to have a reasonable chance.
The Titans women were set to take on Highline on Oct. 26 at noon, with the men following at 2:15 p.m. The women will travel to take on Lower Columbia on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m., and will return to host Olympic on Nov. 2 at noon, with the men following at 2:15 p.m.
LUTES WIN ON LAST-SECOND FIELD GOAL
After missing two field goals earlier in the fourth quarter, Pacific Lutheran’s Nick Kaylor nailed a 20-yard field goal with two seconds left in the game to give the Lutes a 17-16 win over Pacific (Ore.) on Oct. 19.
Kaylor missed a 33-yard field goal wide left early in the fourth, and had a 29-yard attempt blocked with 2:39 left. But after Cody Tupen sacked Pacific quarterback T.C. Campbell to force a punt, Connor Cummings set the Lutes up in Pacific territory with a 36-yard punt return. Dalton Ritchey drove the Lutes to the 3-yard line by going 4-for-6 for 44 yards, and Kaylor did the rest. Ritchey finished 22-for-31 for 269 yards, and Kellen Westering led PLU with seven catches for 102 yards.
Niko Madison got the Lutes on the board with a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Va’aselau Logotala made gave PLU a 14-0 lead with a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. But Pacific battled back, taking a 16-14 lead with 1:57 to go in the third quarter.
Cummings tied for a team-high with six tackles while adding an interception, while Sean McFadden also had an interception for the Lutes.
Pacific Lutheran next travels to take on Willamette on Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m.
LOGGERS’ RALLY COMES UP SHORT
The Loggers tried valiantly to rally from a late three-touchdown deficit, but ran out of time as they fell 38-31 to Case Western Reserve on Oct. 19.
Quarterback Braden Foley finished 26-for-45 for 313 yards and four touchdowns – including two in the final two minutes – but it wasn’t enough for Puget Sound. Foley connected with Brennan Schon for a 40-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 24-17, but Case Western Reserve answered with two touchdowns of their own. The Spartans’ final score, a 7-yard run by Kenny Riordan, capped a 13-play, 73-yard drive that used up over seven minutes of the fourth quarter. Foley connected with Parker Brisebois for a 44-yard touchdown with 1:54 left, and hit Kevin Miller for a 22-yard touchdown after the Loggers recovered the onside kick. Miller led the Loggers with nine catches for 92 yards, and hauled in an 8-yard touchdown from Foley to give the Loggers a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Jacob Wuesthoff led the defensive effort for the Loggers with a team-high 13 tackles – including a 15-yard sack – while Roy Fuchigami added an interception for Puget Sound.
The Loggers return to conference play when they host Whitworth on Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.