Rogers shuts outs Graham-Kapowsin to stay unbeaten

Rams erase scoreless first half with contributions from three different players against Eagles

Staff writerApril 9, 2014 

Rogers High School midfielder Jose Valentin looks for a teammate in the first half against the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles last Wednesday at Sparks Stadium in downtown Puyallup. The Rams scored all three of their goals in the second half during a 3-0 shutout against the Eagles.

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Three different players scored second-half goals to lead Rogers past the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles 3-0 last Wednesday at Sparks Stadium in downtown Puyallup.

Ian Muller opened the scoring in the 51st minute, and Evan Sowards added one four minutes later for the Rams (4-0-2, 14 points). Carson Mayes tallied the final goal in the 65th minute.

The game was scoreless at halftime, much to the chagrin Rogers head coach JR Farias.

“He told us at halftime to get on our game and play how we should,” Rogers goalie Jake Fredrikson said. “We knew what we were supposed to be doing, and we just weren’t doing it. We needed to do it.”

Fredrikson finished with seven saves.

“The difference in the second half was that we were actually linking up, talking and communicating to each other,” he said. “We played the ball to each other’s feet instead of just playing the ball over the top the entire time.”

Farias credited Graham-Kapowsin for frustrating his team in the first 20 minutes.

“I thought we were chasing the ball a little too much and were not staying with our marks in the first half,” Farias said. “We gave them a lot of room. You’ve got to give them credit. They played really well and kept us on our heels in the first half. They had the ball a lot.

“In the second half, we settled down and stayed with our marks. We did a better job of keeping the ball, too.”

The Rams were set to face the first-place Federal Way Eagles (5-0-1, 16 points) on Monday after press time in a battle between the two top teams in the South Puget Sound League South Division.

“We will be going into that game with first place on the line,” Farias said last week.

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