On Halloween, Curtis coach Frank Hankel had a surprise for his girls soccer team after their 3-1 win over Puyallup in University Place.
The surprise – Curtis (13-2-1) won its first South Puget Sound League South Division title since 2003.
To get the title, Curtis had to stage a three-week come-from-behind run in the standings to pass Puyallup, last year’s league champion.
“The resiliency of this team it just shows the maturity of this young team,” Hankel said. “When we fell back in the standings, nothing changed with their demeanor. Puyallup is a very good team, very well coached. To beat them today, it feels great.”
Curtis was in fourth place when Hankel decided to switch junior forward Lexsi Manning to midfield behind leading scorer Morgan Weaver.
“Morgan plays outside midfield for her club team so it was a change moving her to forward” Hankel said. “With Lexsi behind her, it just seems natural like they’re very in sync with each other out there.”
Weaver, a sophomore, said she had to adjust because as “a forward, you need to shoot and score.
“You need to get your mind straight when you’re playing,” Weaver said. “ You need to support each other, you need to be a family.”
Weaver had 18 goals and eight assists and Manning had seven assists.
“We’re really close. We play club ball together so I know what (Morgan) likes out there,” Manning said. “It also helps that we’re close outside of soccer, too.”
Puyallup (10-3-3) opened the scoring when Jordyn Bartelson scored in the 28th minute off a sharp pass from Liz Griffith deep in Curtis’ box.
A few minutes into the second half, Weaver kicked a long, low pass across field that Alyssa Cabral put away for a tying score.
Maddie Lockwood, off a Manning pass, scored the go-ahead goal in the 46th minute with Weaver putting the game out of reach in the 54th minute.
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