girls soccer

State playoffs gear up

Championship finals begin Saturday
By Cliff Pfenning,

The high school state playoffs began this past weekend in several sports, but the big events - the state finals - begin Saturday.

The annual cross country finals are set to begin at 10 a.m. on the 5,000 meter course at Lane Community College Saturday, with individual and team titles being awarded in four classifications.

Titles in boys and girls soccer, volleyball and football will also be awarded by the Oregon School Activities Association during the next five weeks.

Championship tournaments for boys and girls water polo are set for the Osborn Aquatic Center on the campus of Oregon State University Thursday through Saturday at Class 5A, and Nov. 10-11 for Class 6A. Water polo is organized outside the OSAA.

Newberg has a three-year win streak going at the Class 6A boys tournament, while Mountain View has won the past two Class 5A boys titles in water polo.

Central Catholic enters the cross country championships as the favorite to not only win the Class 6A boys title, but continue its four-year win streak long into the future. The Rams won the Mount Hood Conference title Wednesday scoring the minimum 15 points - and with the top eight finishers. None of Central Catholic's top eight finishers were seniors. The Rams have won 10 titles since winning their first in 2003.

Summit will look to return to ownership of the Class 6A boys level after having its five-year win streak snapped by Crater last year. The Storm will run into Central Catholic next year, though, as the school moves up to the Class 6A level.

Volleyball championships will play out this weekend as well, with eight-team tournaments set to begin Friday at three courts across the state. Liberty High School in Hillsboro will host the Class 6A and 5A tournaments, with title matches set for Saturday night. Forest Grove High School will play host to the Class 4A and 3A tournaments, while Ridgeview High School in Redmond will play host to the Class 2A and 1A tournaments.

Country Christian of Molalla has the lone volleyball title win streak having won the past three titles at Class 1A.

Sisters and Crook Country, schools that played for the Class 4A title last year, met in the quarterfinals Friday morning with the defending-champion Outlaws winning in three sets.

Boys and girls soccer state title matches in all six classifications will be played Nov. 11 at Liberty High and Hillsboro Stadium. Oregon Episcopal has the lone soccer win streak having won the past three Class 3A girls titles. Of the eight championship matches from last year, three were decided by penalty kicks and only one was decided by more than one goal - Catlin Gabel's 3-1 win over Portland Adventist in the Class 3A boys final.

The state football championship games are scheduled for Nov. 25th and Dec. 2.

Clackamas and West Salem enter the Class 6A playoffs as two of the more interesting teams stemming from their histories: neither has been to a championship game. Clackamas has gone undefeated this season, averaging 53 points per game and earning the second seed in the 32-team tournament. West Salem enters with one loss and the fourth seed. A team from the Salem area has not played for the title since McNary won in 2001.

Since 2008, no team has won the Class 6A title with more than one loss on their schedule. There are seven teams this year with one or no losses heading into Friday.

Only Dufur has a title win-streak going having won the past two Class 1A championships.



State gets ready for new champions

Hillsboro Stadium, Libertty High will see action all day Saturday
Nov. 16, 2012

The annual invasion of high school soccer into Hillsboro takes place Saturday when eight state championships will be decided at Hillsboro Stadium and Liberty High School.

The Class 6A and 5A matches will be played at the stadium, while 4A and 3A are decided at the high school.

Matches begin at 10:30 a.m.

Here's the line-up:


5A GIRLS • 10:30 a.m.

SHERWOOD (14-1-2) v SUMMIT (14-0-2)

Sherwood has allowed just one goal in the past six games and  has 10 shutouts during the season. Summit had both of its ties in the first four games and has outscored its three playoff opponents 15-1.

5A BOYS • 1 p.m.

WOODBURN (14-0-2) v MOUNTIAN VIEW (11-4-2)

Woodburn is the two-time defending champion and has a 10-game winning streak. Mountain View stated 0-3-1, but has a nine-game win streak.

6A GIRLS • 3:30 p.m.

THURSTON (16-0-1) v CLACKAMAS (11-4-2)

Thurston has 134 shutouts this season and only a tie with Lincoln in midseason. Clackamas is the championship underdog with four losses, but won its semi over Lakeridge in penalty kicks. The Cavs have six shutout this season.

6A BOYS • 6 p.m.

LINCOLN (12-1-4) v JESUIT (16-1-1)

Lincoln has eight shutouts and the ties were all 1-1 or 0-0. Jesuit, the champion from two years ago, tied Grant in its third game and has allowed just three goals in its last seven games.


3A GIRLS • 10:30


Valley Catholic has allowed only eight goal all season. OES had 12 shutouts this season and allowed just six goals.

3A BOYS • 1 p.m.


It's a rematch from Oct. 29, when OES won 2-1.


4A GIRLS • 3:30 p.m.

MAZAMA (16-0-1) v GLADSTONE (15-1-1)

Mazama has scored 10 goals in a game three times and has a 12-game win streak. Gladstone has allowed only 3 goals all season.

4A BOYS • 6 p.m.

PHILOMATH (12-2-3) v LA SALLE (16-2)

Philomath has allowed only 10 goals all seaosn. La Salle has allowed only 13.

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