Jesuit wins its second in three years, Woodburn streaks to three straight
Nov. 17, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - Jesuit used a non-stop offensive attack to power past Lincoln 3-0 and win its second Class 6A title in three years Saturday night at Hillsboro Stadium.
The Crusaders dominated the first half, but didn't take the lead until Matt Nachreiner fed Cristo Michaelson and he drove in from 30 yards out and scored in the 29th minute to get the team's offense going.
Nachreiner scored in the second half and then had another assist to Henry Rocker in the second half to help Jesuit finish 17-1-1.
Lincoln finished 12-2-4.
WOODBURN 2, MOUNTAIN VIEW 1
Michael Hobson and Luis Rangel put home first-half goals and the Woodburn Bulldogs survived a late surge by Mountain View for a 2-1 victory in the Class 5A boys soccer state championship at Hillsboro Stadium.
Mountain View scored in the 77th minute, but could not stop Woodburn from winning its third straight title.
The Bulldogs finished the game unbeaten at 15-0-2.
Mountain View finished at 11-4-2. The Cougars were outshot 11-7, but five of their shots were on goal.
PHILOMATH 2, LA SALLE 1
Matt St. Clair scored two goals, including the game-winner in the second overtime, to boost the Warriors to the Class 4A championship at Liberty High School.
La Salle led on a goal in the 10th minute by Dakota Eisel, but St. Clair netted the equalizer in the 68th minute off a cross from William Karlson. The winner came off a free kick.
The Warriors finished the season at 13-2-3 having scored the first goals of the playoffs against the Falcons.
La Salle finished at 16-3.
RIVERDALE 2, OREGON EPISCOPAL 1
The Mavericks won their first title in any sport when Ben Field scored from 15-yards out in the 70th minute to break a 1-all tie in the Class 3A final at Liberty High School.
Riverdale finished the season 16-2 and avenged one of its two losses in the process.
Bulldogs rally to repeat as state champions Saturday
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Trailing by a goal at halftime, the Woodburn Bulldogs pumped up their level of play and powered their way to a second state boys soccer championship Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.
Juan Martinez had an assist on the tying goal, then scored the winner with 14 minutes left as the Bulldogs beat Wilson 2-1 in the Class 5A final, one of eight titles decided in Hillsboro during the day.
The girls team from Tualatin and Sherwood and boys team from Riverside all won to complete unbeaten seasons, but only Woodburn repeated as champion.
Woodburn won the lone game in which both teams scored.
"At halftime, we knew we needed to keep playing our game, but we needed to pick up our level of play," Martinez said. "We wanted to win this game all season to get a second title and that helped us in the second half.
"It's an amazing feeling to win two titles."
Sherwood entered its final as a significant favorite having been given a top seed in the 16-team bracket, while Wilsonville was a No. 8 seed. But the Wildcats survived the Sherwood attack that ended with a 23-3 edge in shots and caused goalkeeper Bess Kitzmiller to make 10 saves while Sherwood's keeper Kyeli Hendryx needed to make none.
Without a score, the teams went to a penalty-kick shootout and Hendryx made two saves to give the Bowmen a 5-4 edge and the title.
The remaining six title matches all ended in regulation, all at 1-0.
Finalists haven't struggled to find the back of the net
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
The teams expected to reach the title game did in most of the OSAA Boys Soccer playoff brackets.
The Class 6A, 4A and 3A finals pit teams seeded No. 1 in their quarter or half of the playoff bracket, and the 5A final features a defending champion. Only Wilson, seeded No. 3 at 5A, is something of an outsider to championship Saturday.
GRANT VS. WESTVIEW
These teams met when the current seniors were freshmen, with the Generals prevailing. Since then, they've had a long road to get back to the final.
Grant actually had a losing record last season - 6-8-2, but has roared through this season, losing only to Jesuit, a No. 1 seed in Class 6A, and Cleveland, a No. 1 seed in Class 5A. In the playoffs, the Generals won their first three games by a combined 10-3 before a penalty-kick shootout win over Lake Oswego Tuesday.
Only a pair of late-season losses prevented Westview from winning the Metro League title, but the Wildcats still showed off their scoring prowess with a 6-0 win over Jesuit, another No. 1 playoff seed. Westview has scored three or more goals in 12 of its 18 games, and survived 1-0 battles the past two rounds.
WILSON VS. WOODBURN
Woodburn is the lone defending champion among the eight boys and girls finals and reached the final by winning three home games by a combined score of 10-3. The Bulldogs lost their season opener 3-2 to North Salem. The only other game in which the team hasn't scored three goals came Tuesday in a 2-1 semifinal win over Summit.
Wilson reached the final by winning two of its three games in overtime. The Trojans were in the quarterfinals the past two seasons.
MOLALLA VS. PHOENIX
This final closes out one of the most unusual playoff brackets imagined as the home team won each of the 14 previous games, and 10 were by shutout. Three games were decided by a penalty-kick shootout.
Although the outcomes have been predictable, they've been exciting. Phoenix won its three playoff games by one goal each, and Molalla needed a win in penalty kicks in the semifinal round.
RIVERSIDE VS. ST. MARY'S
The 3A final features a battle of high-scoring teams, including the lone unbeaten squad amongs the boys ranks - Riverside.
The Pirates have given up just seven goal all season and only played in two games decided by one goal or less, the second being their 2-1 win over Pleasant Hill in the semifinals Tuesday. In its 18 wins, Riverside has scored seven goals or more 14 times.
St. Mary's is on a nine-game win streak in which it's outscored opponents 64-7.
Both squad have experience from a season ago, when the Crusaders lost in the final, while the Pirates lost in the semfinals to eventual champion Catlin Gabel.
The soccer juggernauts at Southwest Portland’s Jesuit and Catlin Gabel Highs finally got in synch again Saturday in Hillsboro.
Jesuit won the Class 6A boys and girls titles at Hillsboro Stadium shortly after Catlin Gabel won the Class 3A boys and girls titles at nearby Liberty High School to highlight the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires championships.
The wins on the same day marked the second time the two schools have swept their respective title games on the same day. In 1994, Jesuit and Catlin Gabel also won boys and girls titles.
Of course, winning a state final is nothing new to the schools, which have combined to win 43 titles since 1977, when soccer became an OSAA sport.
Only two other schools: Oregon Episcopal in 2005, and Lakeridge in 1982; have won boys and girls titles in the same year.
In other finals, Woodburn beat Corvallis 2-1 in overtime in the 5A boys final, after Summit of Bend won the 5A girls title, 1-0 over crosstown rival Mountain View.
Mazama won the Class 4A girls title, 1-0 in penalty kicks, over Sisters, followed by Stayton winning the 4A boys title 1-0 over Hidden Valley.
Woodburn, Summit, Mazama and Stayton all won titles for the first time.
Saturday’s finals marked the first time since 2001 that the OSAA has ended the soccer season with equal championship games for boys and girls teams. The past eight years, boys teams played one more final than girls teams.
North Salem scored an impressive win over Central Catholic and moved into the No. 1 ranking in Class 6A Tuesday night. The Vikings, who missed the playoffs last year, beat the Rams - a quarterfinalist in '09 - 4-1 at home, improving to 2-0 in the process. Ashland beat Eagle Point 9-0 in a Southern Oregon Conference match and is No. 1 at 5A. At 4A, Philomath is No. 1 and Riverdale is No. 1 at 3A following its 1-0 win over No. 4 Gervais Tuesday.
6A Non-League Klamath Union (4A) 4, CRATER 0 Oregon City 2, HERMISTON (5A) 1 ROSEBURG 2, Thurston 0 Canby 6, FRANKLIN (5A) 0 Lakeridge 4, WILSON (5A) 1 JESUIT 3, South Eugene 1 MCKAY 5, Madison (5A) 0 Westview at West Salem, 6:30 p.m. CLACKAMAS 1, David Douglas 1 LIBERTY (5A) 3, Centennial 2 Southridge at Lincoln, 7 p.m. MILWAUKIE / MILWAUKIE ACAD. OF THE ARTS (5A) 3, Barlow 1 NORTH SALEM 4, Central Catholic 1 Woodburn (5A) 5, SOUTH SALEM 0 Wilsonville (5A) 3, WEST LINN 0 LAKE OSWEGO 1, Grant 0
6A-4 Pacific Conference Tigard 4, GLENCOE 2 McMinnville 7, CENTURY 0 Hillsboro 3, FOREST GROVE 2 TUALATIN 2, Newberg 0
5A Non-League PARKROSE 6, Pendleton 0 SHERWOOD 4, Summit 1 LEBANON 5, Sweet Home (4A) 1 SPRINGFIELD 1, Silverton 1 The Dalles Wahtonka / Dufur at McLoughlin (4A), 5 p.m. CORVALLIS 3, North Eugene 0 Benson at Putnam, 7 p.m. ST. HELENS 4, Jefferson (PDX) 2
5A Midwestern Marist 1, CHURCHILL 0
5A Southern Oregon Ashland 9, EAGLE POINT 0
4A Non-League STAYTON 1, Cottage Grove 0 CENTRAL 1, North Marion 0 North Valley 6, SOUTH UMPQUA 0 Rogue River (3A/2A/1A) 1, SUTHERLIN / OAKLAND 0 Taft at Yamhill-Carlton / Gaston, 4 p.m. Banks at Estacada, 4:15 p.m. Seaside at Marshall, 4:15 p.m. Philomath 3, JUNCTION CITY 2 Madras 6, SISTERS 1 Roosevelt 3, SCAPPOOSE 0 Phoenix 4, ST. MARY'S (3A/2A/1A) 1 Molalla 2, OREGON EPISCOPAL (3A/2A/1A) 0 GLADSTONE 1, Cascade 0 NORTH BEND / OREGON COAST TECHNOLOGY 6, Elmira 0
4A-7 Greater Oregon League ONTARIO 6, Baker / Powder Valley 1
3A/2A/1A Non-League FAITH BIBLE 3, Corbett / Corbett Charter 3 TULELAKE (CA) 9, Hosanna Christian 0 Open Door Christian Academy 4, C.S. LEWIS ACADEMY 2 CATLIN GABEL 1, Creswell 0 Westside Christian at Columbia Christian, 4:15 p.m. NORTH CLACKAMAS CHRISTIAN 1, Blanchet Catholic / Willamette Christian 0 RIVERDALE 1, Gervais 0 Delphian 3, VALLEY CATHOLIC 2 Portland Christian at De La Salle North Catholic, 6 p.m., Delta Park Strasser Field
3A/2A/1A - Special District 4 Pleasant Hill 4, SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 0
3A/2A/1A - Special District 5 Riverside 10, CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 0 CULVER 8, Irrigon 2 Grant Union at Burns, 4:30 p.m.