The Raiders advanced beyond the first round for the first time since 2005, overcoming a 2-1 deficit against the Marauders.
FEDERAL WAY — Aiming for the school’s eighth Class 4A state boys soccer title, Jefferson coach Dave Hanson was thrilled to see a seven-year jinx end Wednesday night when the Raiders defeated Mariner 5-2 in a first-round state playoff match.
“We finally got that seven-year monkey off our back,” said Hanson, who has seen the Raiders eliminated in the first round every year since Jefferson last won a state crown in 2005. “It wasn’t our prettiest win, but I’m just proud of the boys.”
Senior Isidro Prado-Huerta and junior Brandon Madsen each scored a goal to help the Raiders (15-0-4) rebound from an early 2-1 deficit. Madsen assisted on three goals, Prado-Huerta on the other two.
Jefferson will host Inglemoor in a quarterfinal match Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Mariner, with first-half goals by Geovanni Ramirez and Carlos Rodriguez but missing four starters, finished 12-6-1.
In a free-wheeling first half, Jefferson dominated the opening minutes, scoring in the second minute when freshman Justin Yoon headed in a volley from Madsen off Louis Alvaro Osornio’s corner kick. Two minutes later, Rodrigo Robles nearly put the Raiders up 2-0, but his shot bounced hard off the crossbar. It was the first of two times his shots banged off the crossbar.
In the 11th minute, Ramirez took a throw in from Ali Al-Azadi and, encircled by five Jefferson defenders, rebounded his own first blast and powered home a 10-yard shot to tie the game 1-1.
Four minutes later, Mariner went up 2-1 when Rodriguez sailed home an arcing shot that barely skimmed under the crossbar.
“I can’t remember us being behind any time before this season,” Madsen said.
“I had some nervous feelings, reminiscent of the past,” Hanson said with a laugh. “But we had a long way to go.”
Just 40 seconds later Jefferson tied it when Osornio broke free on the right wing and zipped home a 12-yard blast. In the 34th minute Madsen finished off a give-and-go with Isidro Prado-Huerta by going far post and putting the Raiders up 3-2.
What changed? “Intensity,” Madsen said.
Matthew Cruz scored in the 47th minute to up Jefferson’s lead to 4-2 and Prado-Huerta added a final score in the 77th minute.
“When we’re clicking, we’re tough to handle,” said Hanson. “When we got behind, our guys kept their focus and started communicating more. We have a simple, fundamental soccer team, and when we keep it to that, we score nice goals.”