When it was all over the entire Puyallup High boys soccer team hoisted head coach Matt White on their shoulders for a jubilant celebration.
The Vikings (12-2-1) clinched the South Puget Sound League South regular season title, courtesy of a 5-0 win against the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles on senior night May 6 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. Puyallup’s Jonathan Contreras scored two goals and Derek Faber, Danny Thomas and Black McMillian scored a goal apiece in the win. Vikings’ head coach Matt White had the opportunity to sub out each of the seniors as the clock wound down in the second half, which gave fans an opportunity to give them a standing ovation. Vikings’ senior goalie Jack Rose basked in the moment of his final high school regular season game between the posts at Sparks Stadium.
“We’re obviously excited to take first. It was one of the things we wanted to accomplish, but the main thing we wanted to do all year was just continue to improve,” Rose said. “We’re excited for the opportunity to go to the post-season. It will be nice to get that first-round bye. We’ll see where the post-season takes us.”
White said winning the league title is a byproduct of his team’s attention to detail in pursuit of excellence.
“Winning the league title is always a nice thing, but we don’t set goals like that,” he said. “Our goals all season have been team first and the second goal is constant and continuous improvement. We need to be about what we’re about. We came out and finished the way we should.”
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