In a battle of inner-district high schools battling for the South Puget Sound League boys’ soccer championship, Jefferson High School came away with a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Federal Way at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Raiders earned the league’s top seed to this weekend’s Class 4A West Central District championships.
After the rough and tumble beginning from both sides, the scoring kicked off with Federal Way (15-2) striking first in the 29th minute, as senior forward Odasson Pelogi broke through the Raiders’ back line to put a composed, far post shot away.
Bringing it back even, Jefferson (13-0-4) star Isidro Prado-Huerta dribbled his way into the box where he was brought down by Federal Way’s Garrett Brewer, forcing the referee to award a penalty kick in the 50th minute.
With the penalty, junior Brandon Madsen stepped up and calmly pocketed the ball in the back right post.
Despite withstanding constant pressure from the Raiders, the Eagles responded right back as Federal Way’s leading scorer, Edwin Ortiz found the net in the 59th minute on a counter attack for a 2-1 lead. The ball was delivered in off the cross from senior captain Alex Lewis.
Although dormant, Prado-Huerta arose in the 70th minute as he took the ball 40 yards on a one man, miracle effort to score on a low drive from 20 yards away. Federal Way goalkeeper Alek Lileskare appeared to shielded off on the play by his defense, as he failed to even get a dive in as the shot drifted to the back left corner of the net.
Tied at 2-2, Jefferson stuck yet again in the 75th minute. The magical strike came from Raiders senior Louis Alvaro Osornio from 35 yards out, putting it in just above the out-stretched arms of Lileskare.
Federal Way tied it at 3-3 on Ortiz’s empty-net tally after the ball bounced around the penalty box with two minutes remaining.
However, Prado-Huerta wasn’t done.
Taking it from his own 20-yard line, the midfielder beat three Federal Way defenders before beating Lileskare one-on-one with only one minute remaining to win a wild match.