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Erin Swain makes diving save in pregame preparations.

SLIDESHOW: Warriors declaw Bearcats

By Gerardo Bolong

Early attack mode sent the Nisqually 1A League Seattle Christian Warriors' girls' soccer team into an early lead en route to a deceivingly close 3-2 non-conference win against the visiting Evergreen Conference 2A W.F. West (Chehalis) Bearcats at Valley Ridge Park field No. 3 on Tues., Sept. 15.

"We had some good passing early," said Tanna Brinkman. "Then, we were able to keep getting good shots on goal."

Aggressively pursuing the ball, the Warriors peppered the Bearcat goal regularly with shots and kept the visitors on their heels from the outset.

The constant pressure paid off in an unassisted Megan Nielsen (who was celebrating her birthday) goal in the 10th minute.

As the home team poured in shot after shot, the W.F. West keeper Kyndra Haller strove mightily to prevent the onslaught of shots out of goal.
By the 20th minute, the tired Bearcat defenders yielded a second goal.
Morgan Gaston cleared to take a nice pass from Isabella Responte and quickly nailed another SC goal.

With the interval times between shots lessening, Responte deposited her own goal in the 25th minute.

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SLIDESHOW: Lancers run past Renton

By Ed Shepherd

Kennedy Catholic has got a good beat on this season so far.
The Lancers proved that last week by beating Metro League tough team Seattle Prep, 18-3, on the road at Seattle Memorial Stadium -- the team that beat the Lancers in the state playoffs last season.

So this week the previously undefeated Renton Indians came to town and the Lancers were not welcome hosts, taking the Indians to the house, 49-6, in its homecoming game at Highline Memorial Field Saturday.

The Lancers improved to 3-0 overall, 1-0 in the 2A/3A.

The Indians lost its first game of the season against the Lancers, dropping to 2-1, after having won two non-league games to open their season.

Now where do the Lancers go after a nice win like this and 3-0 start to the season?

"We go back to work," said JFK head coach Bob Bourgette. "We will enjoy this win today, but we will go back and review the game and see where we broke down. It's Highline next and we start preparing for them now."
Highline versus Kennedy is under the lights at Highline Memorial Stadium at 8 p.m. Friday.

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Pre match warm up proved invaluable for Mt. Rainier keeper Madeline Fletcher.

SLIDESHOW: Speed burns Rams

By Gerardo Bolong

FEDERAL WAY - Early quickness on the ball provided the initial momentum that eventually translated into a Decatur 2-0 South Puget Sound League North Division girls soccer win against visiting Mount Rainier at Federal Way Memorial Stadium on the warm and sunny afternoon of Fri., Sept. 19.

Following the encounter, the Gators' record stood at 1-1 league and 3-2 overall while the Rams were 0-3 and 1-3-1, respectively.

Fleet of foot, fabulous freshman Hannah Shires darted through and around Mount Rainier defenders regularly to help the Decatur offense keep their opponents on the alert.

With 24:04 remaining in the 40-minute first half, Shires made the first strike for the Gators on a penalty kick and nearly scored again two minutes later.

As the pressure on the Ram goal was maintained, freshman Raquel Prado-Huerta fed a nice through ball into Shires for another goal in the 22nd minute of first half play.

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