Central's back for another title
For the third week in a row, Central Catholic High will be competing for a state championship on Saturday.
With a 3-0 victory over McKay of Salem Tuesday, the Rams will play for the Class 6A boys soccer state title at Hillsboro Stadium. There, they'll meet Portland-area rival Jesuit, which beat West Linn 2-0 in its semifinal.
Central Catholic won the boys cross country state title Nov. 2, and played in the volleyball state final Saturday, losing to Lakeridge to finish second.
One key point of the soccer final is that one of the teams will, at least technically, have to allow a goal. Both teams qualified for the final without allowing a goal. Central Catholic outscored its four opponents 11-0, while Jesuit - the defending champion - outscored its four opponents 18-0, including a 9-0 victory over Barlow in the first round.
Game time for the final is 3:30 p.m.
Saturday's final will feature a new champion as upstart Hood River Valley beat three-time defending champion Woodburn 3-1 in overtime Tuesday. In the final, set for 10:20 a.m. at Hillsboro Stadium, they Eagles will meet Summit of Bend, which beat Wilsonville 2-0 in its semifinal.
A pair of underdogs, Henley and Sisters, will meet in the final at 3:30 p.m. at Liberty High. Henley, seeded fifth in the 16-team playoff bracket, beat North Bend 4-0 in its semifinal, while Sisters, seeded seventh, beat Philomath 2-0.
Eighth-seeded St. Mary's of Medford will meet third-seed Oregon Episcopal after both teams won road games Tuesday. For St. Mary's, the trip will be its third to the Portland-area in eight days. OES made the lengthy drive to Riverside for a 2-1 win.
In the girls semifinals, Tualatin scored a major upset by beating Jesuit 2-0 at Jesuit. The goals Tualatin scored were the only two the Crusaders allowed all season.
In the final, the Timberwolves will face Sunset, which beat neighboring Westview 1-0 in overtime. The game is set for 6 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.
Top seed and defending champion Summit will face upstart Wilson in the final at Hillsboro Stadium at 1 p.m. The Storm beat crosstown rival Bend 2-1 in its semi, while Wilson, seeded 15th, beat third seed Wilsonville 3-1 in its third straight road win.
Top seed LaGrande will face third seed Scappoose in the final at Liberty High. Both teams played all three of their playoff games at home, with LaGrande beating North Bend 1-0 in its semifinal, while Scappoose beat 3-1 in its semi.
Top-seeded Oregon Episcopal will face second seed Valley Catholic in the final at Liberty High. Neither team allowed a goal in their two playoff wins.