The Rogers Rams boys soccer team assaulted the Federal Way Eagles’ goal with a plenty of shots in the second half of play last week.
Unfortunately for the Rams (10-2-3), none of those shots found the back of the net and the Eagles escaped with a 2-1 victory May 6 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. The loss eliminated Rogers from South Puget Sound League South title contention.
Federal Way players Corey Kim and Joseph Decena each scored a goal and Rogers’ goal came off the foot of Colin Mayes in the 35th minute. The final 20 minutes saw Rogers have four to five solid opportunities to score. Rogers midfielder Evan Sowards said it was unfortunate they weren’t able to capitalize on those chances to tie the game up and give themselves a chance at taking the lead.
“To have that much pressure and that many opportunities and not put one in, there is not really words to describe it, “ Sowards said. “We got to just shake this loss off and go into the playoffs with the intensity and momentum we need.”
Rogers head coach JR Farias said his team stepped up its game in the second half but just couldn’t finish the comeback.
“That was obviously a tough loss. That No. 1 spot was still in our grasp and it got away from us. We looked really good in the second half. We could have easily gotten a couple of goals in there,” Farias said. “We had a (penalty kick), we had one right in front and the ball went over (the top of the goal) and we had an open net on the backside. We just didn’t put them in. Federal Way didn’t have very many shots on goal but the ones they had they were able to put two in and we were only able to get one back.”
The showing the Rams put forth in the final 40 minutes of the game has Farias excited about what his squad can accomplish in the playoffs.
“We had some urgency and were able to play a controlled attack,” he said. “I’m proud of them for how they played. We just need to make sure we put those goals in as we get ready for the playoffs.”