Nov. 8, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - Central Catholic closed out a stirring playoff run with a 3-0 win over neighboring Grant in the final of the Class 6A state playoffs.
Nick Evans, Eliazar Gutierrez and Gabe Parish put shots home for the Rams, won finished at 17-1-1, with their lone loss to a private school in California. The team gave up just 11 goals all season - only one of them in the playoffs.
Hood River Valley completed a perfect season with a 2-0 victory over Woodburn in the final - the third straight year the teams had met in the semis or title match. Gio Magana and Alex Gutierrez scored for the Eagles, who won despite being outshot 15-11 by the Bulldogs.
North Marion earned the school's first soccer title with a 2-0 win over neighboring Stayton, which also was making its first appearance in a title match. Kris Huapeo and Aaron Caballero scored for the Huskies, who gave up just 10 goals all season - 2 in a 3-2 loss at Stayton during Oregon West Conference play.
Oregon Episcopal fired off 26 shots, including 11 on goal and took the title with a 2-0 victory over Portland Adventist. Johnathon Dugoni and Ian Brock each scored to lead the Aardvarks to their second-straight title, and sixth overall.
A 3-0 win over Grant puts the Rams back on top of the state
Nov. 15, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSORO - Central Catholic's defense carried it to the Class 6A boys soccer state title Saturday by anchoring a 3-0 win over Grant at Hillsboro Stadium.
The Rams got goals by Nick Evans, Eliezar Gutierrez and Gabe Parrish, and recorded their 13th shutout of the season - including all five playoff games.
"Grant gave us a great game, but we stayed together and pulled through," Central Catholic coach Jimmy Weber said. "It's been a while since we've won state, so this is great for our program."
The Rams, who lost to Jesuit in the final last year, finished the season 17-1-1.
The title is the second of the fall for Central Catholic, adding to the boys cross country title. Last week, the volleyball team lost in the final. The football team is ranked No. 1.
"We're having a great fall, yes," Weber said.
Grant finished with an 11-10 edge in shots, but couldn't get one past Rams goalkeeper Jacob Flaherty, who had five saves. The Generals, who were in the final for the fourth time in eight years, finished at 14-3-2 overall.
The Eagles beat rival Woodburn 2-0 to finish the season unbeaten
Nov. 15, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - A pair of second-half goals, and a missed penalty kick helped Hood River Valley win the Class 5A boys soccer state title Saturday afternoon at Hillsboro Stadium.
Junior Gio Magana, and senior Alex Gurierrez scored for the Eagles, and freshman Travis Running survived a penalty kick in goal as Hood River beat Woodburn 2-0 to finish the season at 18-0.
"We've been waiting for this for a long time," said Hood River coach Jaime Rivera, who led the Eagle to the finals last year. "This means everything to our community. I'm glad we finally won for them."
The game was the third straight year the teams had met in either the final or semifinals. Last year, the Eagles beat Woodburn, but lost to Summit in the final. In 2012, Woodburn beat Hood River in the semis and then won its third straight title four days later.
Woodburn finished the season at 13-3-1.
The Bulldogs actually finished the game with more shots - 15-11, and had five corner kicks to Hood River's 1. But, the Eagles got outstanding play in goal from Marcos Cuevas, and then Running, who took over in the 57th minute. In a back-and-forth game, the Eagles broke the scoreless duel when defender Uriel Torres sent a pass of roughly 30 yards to midfielder Magana, who pounced on the ball behind the Woodburn defense and scored from 10 yards out.
Woodburn had a golden chance to even the score just after the ensuing kickoff, when Crispin Rosales drew a foul in the penalty box, which set up senior Irineo Guzman for a penalty kick. Running guessed wrong, but Guzman's shot hit the left post. The rebound went to Guzman, but Running was able to get enough presence that Guzman's second shot went over the crossbar.
Hood River added another goal in the 76th minute when Gutierrez jumped on a failed clearance and scored into an open net. Magana and Gutierrez combined for nine of Hood River's shots - seven of them on target.
Both boys and girls win titles on Super Saturday in Hillsboro
Nov. 17, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - The boys soccer team from Summit finally broke through to a state title Saturday, then watched as the school's girls team won its second straight title, which led the two teams to join together and chant "sweep."
The boys team beat Hood River Valley 2-0 in its final, then the girls beat Wilson 4-2 to highlight action from championship Saturday in Hillsboro.
"This is great for our program, to win both titles," said Summit's Cameron Ficher, one of two team captains for the boys team. "We knew we could win, it was just a matter of doing it."
Summit got two goals and an assist from Christina Edwards in its win, aided by a span when it scored three times in five minutes.
Wilson got a pair of goals from Kenna Meinhart, but couldn't close out its thrilling playoff run. The Trojans opened the season 0-6-2, but then rallied with seven straight wins, including three in the playoffs on the road, to reach the final from the 15th seed.
With Saturday's sweep, Summit has won four of the five Class 5A state championships awarded this fall, backing up the schools boys and girls team titles from cross country. Summit's football team lost in the first round of the playoffs.
The boys win came a year after the team lost in the semifinals to rival Mountain View, when the teams were seeded No. 1 and 2, respectively, in their half of the 16-team playoff bracket. This year, the Storm played into the second seed in the 16-team bracket and rolled through the playoffs without giving up a goal.
In Saturday's final, Alex Bowlin and Alex Fefferman each scored late in the first half and the Levi Davidson had four saves to preserve the win.
The Rams beat McKay to reach soccer finals against Jesuit
Nov. 12, 2013
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.
Jesuit girls continue with scoreless streak; Woodburn moves forward
Nov. 4, 2013
The amazing season being put together by the Jesuit girls soccer team continued Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over Clackamas in the second round of the OSAA playoffs.
Jesuit improved to 13-0-3 on the season having not given up a goal.
Next up for the Crusaders is Southwest Portland rival Lincoln, which beat Barlow 1-0 Tuesday to improve to 11-4 overall. The Cardinals have won five straight - the last three with shutouts.
On the boys side, Jesuit continued its title defense with a 6-0 victory over McMinnville. The second-seeded Crusaders have outscored their opponents 65-8 during the season, including 15-0 in two playoff wins.
Next up for the Jesuit boys is Grant on Saturday. When the teams met in September, Jesuit won 2-1.
Among other notable playoff pushes, Woodburn continued its drive for a fourth straight Class 5A title with a 3-0 win over Sherwood, a win that improved the team to 12-1-2. The Bulldogs play Putnam on Saturday.
Also at Class 5A, both Summit teams won to move into the quarterfinals. The top-seeded girls beat Parkrose 6-1, while the second-seeded boys beat Liberty 1-0.
At Class 4A, top-seeded LaGrande and second-seeded Philomath both won easily in girls play, while Cottage Grove pulled the biggest upset of the day with a 2-1 win over top seeded Brookings in the boys playoffs.
Defending Class 3A boys champion Riverdale beat Gervais 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals, while Oregon Episcopal, Gatlin Gabel, Valley Catholic and St. Mary's all won at Class 3A.
All quarterfinals games are set for Saturday, with semifinals on Tuesday in advance of finals, Nov. 16, in Hillsboro.
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.