The Timberwolves overwhelm North Medford's defense in 2-0 win
Nov. 15, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - With an 17-4 edge in shots, the Tualatin girls soccer team was bound to get at least one goal past North Medford goalkeeper Hayley Hass Saturday night. It got two.
Sparked by a dominating offensive performance, the top-ranked Timberwolves beat the Black Tornado 2-0 Saturday night at Hillsboro Stadium for its second-straight Class 6A state title and third in four years.
Junior Corine Togiai scored both goals in the second half, when Tualatin put up 11 shots. Her first goal came on a 30-yard, crossfield shot in the 57th minute, and she scored again in the 61st minute on a 10-yard blast that went off Hass's gloves.
The offensive performance followed a pair of penalty kick wins over Westview and Sunset.
Summit needed an overtime goal - and three extra days - to beat crosstown rival Bend 2-1 for its third straight title. The Storm got a goal from Maggie McElrath just 1:44 into the second overtime period at Willamette University, where the final was moved due to travel issues relating to bad weather during the previous week. Summit finished with a 21-12 edge in shots.
Valley Catholic won its second straight title, but first at Class 4A after moving up from Class 3A during the summer. The Valiants beat Cascade 3-2 in the final.
Oregon Episcopal, the runner-up last year, beat Westside Christian 2-0 in the final for its third title in four years.
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.
An overtime win boosts the Apollos forward in rare road win
Nov. 6, 2012
Sunset sophomore Alexann Bibo scored in the eighth minute of overtime to boost Sunset to a 2-1 victory over top-ranked Tualatin in the second round of the Class 6A girls soccer playoffs Tuesday night in a rematch of last year's title game.
Tualatin won the 2011 final in penalty kicks, but the Apollos didn't let the game get that far, holding the host Timberwolves scoreless in two 10-minute overtime halves.
The Apollos advanced to the quarterfinal round as the lone 6A road team to win Tuesday night, which saw a number of upsets in other classifications - particularly in matches that involved No. 5 seeds.
A No. 5 seed won at Class 5A, 4A and 3A to provide an underdog in all four playoff brackets heading into the weekend quarterfinals.
Of the top seeds, though, only Tualatin has been beaten.
Tualatin and Sherwood look to complete unbeaten seasons Saturday
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Saturday's OSAA girls soccer state finals figure to be low-scoring, but energized by the presence of local teams - only Sisters is more than a 30-minute commute from the Hillsboro Stadium/Liberty High School off-ramp from Highway 26.
The finalists in both the Class 5A and 3A matches are long-time league rivals.
And two teams, Tualatin and Sherwood, are aiming for perfect seasons.
SUNSET VS. TUALATIN
Sunset lost only to Jesuit and Westview, two of the other top 3 seeds in the 32-team bracket, and is in the final for the first time since 1992. The Apollos have ourscored their four playoff opponents 7-2, but four of those goals came in one win. They've won three playoff games by 1-0 scores.
Tualatin allowed just two goals all season, an amazing total, and didn't lose or tie a game once. But, that only earned the Timberwolves a second seed in their quarter of the playoff bracket because the competition in the Pacific Conference didn't measure up to the Metro League, which had three No. 1 seeds. The Timberwolves reached the quarterfinals last season.
SHERWOOD VS. WILSONVILLE
When the Wildcats lost 5-2 at Sherwood, Oct. 11, they were just 2-4-2, but the experience from those games, including two losses to Metro League teams, helped them reel off nine wins in 10 games, including a win in overtime and in penalty kicks in the playoffs. The win in penalty kicks came over top-seeded Summit.
Sherwood has given up just seven goals all season, but also needed a win in overtime and then penalty kicks in the opening two rounds. The Bowmen had a string of seven consecutive shutouts heading into the playoffs.
GLADSTONE VS. SISTERS
Since losing its opening two matches to Scappoose and Philomath, Gladstone is 16-0 and has given up just three goals. The Gladiators avenged their opening two losses with a 3-0 win over Scappoose and 2-0 win over Philomath, both in the playoffs.
Sisters allowed goals in just four games, but needed penalty kicks to beat Mazama in the semifinals, three days after a 1-0 win over Henley. The Outlaws have one of the top combined GPAs in the state at 3.83.
The playoff bracket, just as happened with the 4A boys bracket, played out perfectly with home teams winning every game until the semifinals, when both visiting teams prevailed.
CATLIN GABEL VS. OREGON EPISCOPAL
The league rivals meet for the third time this season, with Catlin Gabel having scored a 1-0 win after the teams tied 1-1 earlier. While the Eagles have the edge in overall record and seeding, and they're the defending champions, they're not much of a favorite as eight of their 15 wins are by two goals or less Other than a 3-0 loss in their second game, the Eagles have allowed just nine goals.
The Aardvarks opened the season at 1-2 with the losses coming to Class 4A playoff-bound Cleveland and Philomath. Since then, they've allowed just seven goals and won their two playoff matches by a combined score of 8-1.
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.
Defending state champion Jesuit scored a 3-0 win at South Eugene Tuesday and moved to No. 2 in the Class 6A rankings behind Century, which beat McMinnville 3-2.
South Albany beat Santiam Christian 2-0 and is No. 1 at 5A, while Philomath beat Oregon Episcopal 6-0 and is No. 1 at 4A. Valley Catholic beat Corbett 5-0 and is No. 1 at 3A.
6A Non-League CRESCENT VALLEY (5A) 5, Sprague 1 KLAMATH UNION (4A) 1, Crater 0 West Albany (5A) at McNary, 4 p.m. THURSTON 3, Roseburg 2 Clackamas at Grant, 4:15 p.m. McKay 5, MADISON (5A) 0 CANBY 3, Franklin (5A) 0 North Salem at Dallas (5A), 4:30 p.m. Liberty (5A) 3, LAKE OSWEGO 1 Corvallis (5A) at North Salem, 6 p.m. Jesuit 3, SOUTH EUGENE 0 BARLOW 1, Sunset 0 LAKERIDGE 0, South Salem 0 OREGON CITY 3, Hermiston (5A) 1 West Linn 5, WILSONVILLE (5A) 0
6A-2 Mt. Hood Conference St. Mary's Academy 6, DAVID DOUGLAS 0 Central Catholic 6, REYNOLDS 1 Centennial 2, GRESHAM 1
6A-4 Pacific Conference HILLSBORO 2, Forest Grove 2 Tualatin 8, NEWBERG 0 TIGARD 2, Glencoe 1 Century 3, MCMINNVILLE 2
5A Non-League SOUTH ALBANY 2, Santiam Christian (3A/2A/1A) 0 Sherwood at Summit, 4 p.m. Horizon Christian (Tualatin) (3A/2A/1A) at The Dalles Wahtonka / Dufur, 4 p.m. Putnam 8, BENSON 0 Jefferson (PDX) at St. Helens, 4:15 p.m., Delta Park ELMIRA (4A) 8, Marshfield 0 Wilson 4, MILWAUKIE / MILWAUKIE ACAD. OF THE ARTS 0
5A Midwestern North Eugene 4, MARIST 1
5A Southern Oregon ASHLAND 7, Eagle Point 2
4A Non-League ROOSEVELT 3, De La Salle North Catholic (3A/2A/1A) 1 MAZAMA 4, Cascade Christian (3A/2A/1A) 0 Central at North Marion, 4 p.m. NORTH VALLEY 9, South Umpqua 0 Estacada 1, BANKS 0 Stayton 2, LA PINE 1 Sisters 7, MADRAS 0 PHILOMATH 6, Oregon Episcopal (3A/2A/1A) 0 MOLALLA 3, Scappoose 1 St. Mary's (Medford) (3A/2A/1A) 5, PHOENIX 0 Junction City at Taft, 7 p.m.
4A-7 Greater Oregon League ONTARIO 3, Baker / Powder Valley 0
3A/2A/1A Non-League WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN 1, Western Mennonite / Perrydale 1 Valley Catholic 5, CORBETT / CORBETT CHARTER 0