Race for SPSL South soccer crown will go down to the wire

of the HeraldApril 30, 2014 

The 2014 boys soccer season has been kind to the Rogers Rams and Puyallup Vikings.

Both teams are at the top of the South Puget Sound League South standings through the first 11 games of the season.

Puyallup has a record of 8-2-1; Rogers isn’t far behind with a record of 7-1-3.

With five games left in league play, the outcome of the SPSL South title will likely come down to the final one or two games of the regular season.

Rogers has the edge if it comes down to a tiebreaker because of its 1-0 victory against Puyallup on April 18.

In the first matchup of the season, the Vikings and Rams battled to a 0-0 tie on March 21.

The Vikings and Rams possess some of the same characteristics, but they do have differences. Both of them can shut down opposing teams’ offenses. Both squads defenses are legit.

Rogers keeper Jake Fredrickson and Puyallup goalie Jack Rose are two of the best players between the posts in the SPSL.

Rogers has allowed just four goals through 11 games while Puyallup has surrendered just eight goals through its first 11 contests.

While the statistics and records show how much these two teams are alike, they go about attaining their success in different ways.

Rogers, coached by JR Farias, has been known as one of the most physical teams in the SPSL South during the past six or seven years. The Rams are relentless and give maximum effort in every game.

Puyallup, coached by Matt White, is more of a ball-control team that plays a possession game. The cerebral approach has served the Vikings well during the past several years, resulting in multiple state tournament appearances.

I can’t wait to see how the final two weeks of the regular season play out. Both teams will undoubtedly reach the playoffs, but which team takes the top spot in the league will remain a mystery until May 9.

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

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