The Bulldogs stiffle Sherwood's explosive offense and win 21-20 in overtime
Nov. 30, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - After diving across the goal line for the tying score in the Class 5A final Saturday night, West Albany senior Jake LaCoste decided not to watch the extra point attempt - the kick that would propel him and fellow seniors into school lore.
"I didn't want to look," he said afterward, "so I just listened."
Senior Matt Wiest sent the kick through the uprights and the second-seeded Bulldogs beat top seed and defending champion Sherwood, 21-20, on a glorious fall evening.
LaCoste ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, and the team defense held Sherwood to its season-low in points on the way to the school's third title in seven years. For the seniors, though, it brought the program back to where it was prior to 2010, when the Bulldogs missed the state playoffs entirely.
Sherwood, which beat West Albany 48-0 in Week 2, lost in the final for the second time in three seasons - having lost to Mountain View of Bend 14-13 in 2011. The previous year, the Bowmen beat Marist 26-23 in overtime in the final. Sherwood beat Marist 46-20 in the final last season.
Both West Albany and Sherood finished 12-1, with the loss to the other school. Both programs will move to Class 6A next year.
Sherwood senior Keegan Lawrence ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught a touchdown pass. But he lost a fumble inside the Bulldogs' 10 in the closing moments of the game, which then went to overtime tied at 14-all.
Sherwood scored first in overtime on a 15-yard run by Lawrence, but the extra-point attempt didn't get across the offensive line, which allowed West Albany to jump at the opportunity to end the game with a touchdown and extra point.
The Colts survive a shootout with Clackamas in 6A final
Nov. 17, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - Thurston won its first state championship with a 2-0 victory over Clackamas in the Class 6A final at Hillsboro Stadium Saturday.
Aliyah Gallup scored in the 11th minute and Sarah Johnson added the clincher in the 77th minute to complete a perfect season for the Colts.
Thurston, which reached the state semifinals at Class 5A three years ago, finished 17-0-1, with 14 of the wins as shutouts. Goalkeeper Lindsey Mabinouri made 11 saves in Saturday's game, which featured 35 shots combined between the teams.
Clackamas, making its first championship game appearance, finished 11-5-2.
SUMMIT 3, SHERWOOD 0
Summit got a pair of goals from junior Hadlie Plummer and one from freshman standout Christina Edwards and won the Class 5A girls soccer championship 3-0 over Sherwood at Hillsboro Stadium.
Plummer scored both of her goals on penalty kicks after Plummer had given the team the lead in the 21st minute with an unassisted score.
Sherwood pressured Summit throughout the match and finished with a 7-1 edge in corner kicks, but finished with a 12-10 deficit in shots.
Summit finished at 15-0-2, while Sherwood, the defending champion, finished at 14-2-2.
GLADSTONE 1, MAZAMA 0
A 40-yard free kick from defender Taylor Plunkett found the back of the net and carried Gladstone to the Class 4A championship at Liberty High School.
Plunkett's strike capped a stallar season in which the Gladiators allowed only three goals and finished with 13 consecutive wins. on the way to a 16-1-1 record.
Mazama, in a championship for the first time, had been able to score 10 ore more goals three times during the season, but was able to muster only one shot on goal against Gladstone.
OREGON EPISCOPAL 2, VALLEY CATHOLIC 1
Hannah Huston's goal in the 43rd minute broke a 1-all tie and boosted the Aardvarks to the Class 3A title at Liberty High School.
Huston's goal followed the tying goal by Valley Catholic's Claire McLoughlin by just 20 seconds, and the teams battled to a stalemate for the remainder of the game.
OES finished the season at 14-1-2, while Valley Catholic, which had given up just nine goals all season, finished at 13-1-2.