Rogers shuts out Federal Way, moves into first place

Rams get key SPSL South victory against Eagles to remain unbeaten in seven matches

Staff writerApril 16, 2014 

Rogers Rams midfielder John Willet controls the ball earlier this season against the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles. Rogers defeated Federal Way 2-0 in a battle between undefeated teams on April 7 in Federal Way.

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The Rogers Rams took possession of first place in the South Puget Sound League South Division last week with a 2-0 victory at the Federal Way Eagles.

Carson Mayes and Jose Valentin each scored a goal in what Rams head coach JR Farias said was one of the biggest wins in the past four seasons.

“It’s been a while since we’ve been in this position at this point of the season,” Farias said. “We’re really excited about where we are at right now. I’m proud of how the guys competed.

“Coming off spring break, you always are concerned about your team coming out sluggish,” Farias said. “That didn’t happen. Our guys were ready.”

Farias said he believes having senior leadership is one of the Rams’ keys to success. Rogers (5-0-2) has nine seniors on its varsity roster.

“This group has been together for a while, and the guys know the system and get after it,” he said. “We’ve always had the physical talent on this team, and now we have mental toughness. As coaches, we have been challenging these guys in practice every day. To travel to Federal Way and get a win like this is big.”

The Eagles dropped to 5-1-1 after the contest April 7.

Farias said he doesn’t expect his team to let up as the second half of the season approaches.

“We’re happy with where we are right now and feel good about what we’re doing, but we still have a lot of room to get better,” he said. “The key for us is to continue to improve. I have a lot of confidence in this team and our ability to do that.”

Shaun Scott: 253-552-7002 shaun.scott @puyallupherald.com

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