It’s all about being in the right place at the right time, and for the Federal Way boys soccer team, that time is now.
The Eagles defeated Snohomish, 3-2, in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament Tuesday at Federal Way Stadium to advance to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2007, when they finished second.
Federal Way (11-5-3), the SPSL No. 7 seed which knocked out Narrows League champion Gig Harbor in the West Central District to gain a state berth, ousted the Panthers (13-6-1), who played in their 12th consecutive state tournament.
Sophomore midfielder Colin Kim broke the 2-2 deadlock in the 76th minute when a long free kick from Kodey Eley bounced off Snohomish players to Kim.
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“I ran into the box like we always do,” Kim said, “and the ball just bounced off the defenders’ head on to my left foot. I tried to keep my head cool and push the ball in.”
It was Kim’s second goal this season, and he quickly labeled it the most important goal of the season.
Federal Way coach Jim Baumgardt was all smiles and laughter after the game.
“We’re still alive,” Baumgardt said. “We live for another day.”
The Eagles will host Todd Beamer, a 3-2 winner against Evergreen, in the quarterfinal, tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Federal Way Stadium.
Federal Way’s Brad Lewis scored in the 16th minute, and Kelyn Rowe scored in the 63rd minute. Snohomish got goals from Spencer Helfrich and Brendon Gundry in the second half.
Marysville-Pilchuck 4, Jefferson 3 (shootout): Marysville-Pilchuck goalkeeper Kyle Bluhm made nine saves in the match and converted the decisive shootout kick to the lower right corner, capping off Marysville-Pilchuck’s come-from-behind win.
The Tomahawks (13-5-1) will play the Garfield-Stadium winner in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
Jefferson (13-5-1) had taken the lead twice, 1-0 on a goal from Chase Hanson off a penalty kick in the seventh minute, and 3-2 Jim Oganga’s second goal of the night in the 54th minute. But the Tomahawks forced overtime with a goal in the 77th minute.
Raiders coach Dave Hanson was disappointed that his team lost, 3-1, in the shootout, when three of his four shooters missed.