Last year, the title got away from them on the final night of the season.
This time, the Auburn Riverside Ravens have it wrapped up even before the final week of the season.
On a night when they needed a late-game goal just to pull out a tie against Bonney Lake, the Ravens still went home with the South Puget Sound League 3A boys soccer crown securely in hand.
AR’s 2-2 draw against Bonney Lake on Tuesday, made possible when Jermaine Haller scored the equalizer for Riverside in the 79th minute, was good for one point, giving the Ravens 29 on a 9-1-1 record with three games left.
And that’ll get it done, because Sumner, undefeated (4-0-6) through its first 10 games, finally was pushed into the loss column on Tuesday night by White River, 2-1. That left the second-place Spartans stuck on 18 points with a possibility of just nine more if they were to win their final three games.
But Ravens coach Robyn Saarenas, who initially wasn’t aware of the White River-Sumner outcome and therefore thought the title was still up for grabs, said her team still has a ways to go.
“We’re on a good roll within our league right now, but you don’t know how that compares to other leagues,” Saarenas said. “We have a few things to improve on before we’re ready to talk big numbers. But the potential is there.”
Auburn Riverside got on the board right away against Bonney Lake, as Adam Zeman scored off an assist from Dalton Thomas in the second minute.