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Olympic Rammed out of state soccer tourney

"The postseason has a way of making a realist out of Steve Haggerty.The Olympic High School soccer coach, who has yet to win a postseason boys game in more than a dozen years of trying, wasn't blowing any smoke after the Trojans' 4-1 state qualifying loss to Rogers last Saturday at Sparks Stadium.I think if we played them 10 times, we'd be 0-10, Haggerty said after the Trojans - the No. 2 seed from the Olympic League - fell to the third-seeded team from the massive South Puget Sound League in a West Central District 4A battle. When we scouted them against Auburn (in an SPSL tournament game), we just had to say, 'Whew.'What happened Saturday was that we got beat by a better team, Haggerty said.Lee Williams scored two goals and assisted on a third for the Rams, who struck for their first two goals in a span of less than a minute midway through the first half.We got behind 3-0 at halftime, and we talked about just trying to hold them from that point, Haggerty said. We had trouble matching up against their speed - they were fast all over the field. We have a few guys who have good footspeed, but everybody for them is fast.At halftime, we said, 'We're playing for pride,' Haggerty said.The good news from the game - in which sophomore Paul Struwe scored on a penalty for Troy's lone tally in the 68th minute - was that the nucleus of Oly's team returns for the next couple of years.It was good experience, said Haggerty. We have some key seniors we're losing, and I feel sorry for them. This isn't much of a way to go out. But the nucleus of our team is sophomores. They had a chance to see what we're going to be up against.The Trojans made it to the first round of the 16-team state 4A bracket last year, but were beaten 3-2 by Auburn-Riverside, another SPSL member. The champion of that 20-team league, Decatur, is a favorite to go all the way to the state title.According to Haggerty, Rogers went into Saturday's game with three losses on its record. Two of them were to Decatur.We knew they were going to be a real good team, Haggerty said. Our goal going into the postseason was to raise our level of play, and I honestly think we did that. We just ran out of weapons - they had more weapons than we did.Olympic was the second overall finisher in the Olympic League, behind Port Angeles. The Roughriders won their district game 4-1 over Kentwood Saturday at PA."

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