High school sports round-up The Watchmen advance to Fridays championship versus Life Christian after semi win
PORTLAND Riding a five-game winning streak into its Special District 5 semifinal game versus City Christian, the C.S. Lewis Academy co-ed soccer team was the hottest in the league comprised solely of 1A schools.
The Watchmen translated that momentum into a top-notch performance, playing No. 2 seed City Christian to a 1-1 draw through two overtime periods before winning a penalty-kick shootout 3-2 Monday night at Portland Christian High School to advance to the district title game.
It was a thrilling game, head coach Mike Reimer said. The speed of play, the movement of the ball, was just at a faster pace. Part of that was playing under the lights. Part of it was just two teams going at each other. They played better against us than the first time, but I think both were better teams tonight. It was really back and forth and intense.
After playing to a scoreless draw in the first half, Sam Swan lifted a corner kick to the back post, where younger brother Isaak Swan finished to put CSLA up 1-0 in the 49th minute.
The Watchmen effectively limited Lions forward Bui Bao the top player in the league according to Reimer but Daniel Park scored in the 60th minute to knot the game at one.
My two center backs, Ryan (Brooks) and Collin (Raudsepp), were just on Monday night, clearing balls out of the back, Reimer said. Their game plan was pretty clear, to send it up as quick as they can to Bao. My center backs really did a great job keeping it away from him.
The two teams played two 10-minute overtime periods without changing the result, forcing the shootout.
The shootout could hardly have started worse for C.S. Lewis as Sam Swan skied his shot over the bar and Bao scored on City Christians first attempt.
Raudsepp converted his opportunity to draw the Watchmen level, then goalie Cole Evans saved Parks shot to keep it 1-1 after two rounds.
Isaak Swan scored and the Lions missed to make it 2-1 C.S. Lewis after three rounds, then both Ryan Brooks and City Christians Jesse Porter converted to make it 3-2.
Freshman Elon Grobey misfired on the Watchmens final attempt, but the Lions final shooter did as well, handing the victory to C.S. Lewis.
It definitely was the best game of the year for us, not just the result, but in our play, Reimer said. I just sat back and enjoyed it. It was a blast.
The Watchmen (8-4-1) will now face regular-season champion Life Christian (11-1), which won the first match up 4-1, in the title game at 8 p.m. Friday at Hillsboro Stadium.
Sam Swan, Katelyn Reimer, Isaak Swan, Evans and Brooks have been named to the all-district team, but first- and second-team designations, as well as honorable mention honors, will be announced during halftime of the championship tilt.
Newberg 3, Hillsboro 0
The Tigers (20-2, 15-1 Pacific Conference) closed out the regular season Oct. 22, getting nine kills from Emma Voss and seven from Emmie Schmidt. Gaby Aihara passed out a season-high 50 assists in just three sets for Newberg, which will host St. Marys in a first-round playoff game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Tigard 3, Newberg 0 The Tigers fell to the regular-season co-champions after falling behind 2-0 at halftime Oct. 22.
Hillsboro 4, Newberg 0 The Oct. 24 loss was the Tigers third straight to close the regular season, dropping them to sixth place in the final Pacific Conference standings. Newberg (6-5-2, 2-4-1) hosted Sprague on Tuesday in an OSAA 6A play-in game (results unavailable at press time).
St. Paul 80, Falls City 20 The Bucks raced out to a 56-14 lead after two quarters. St. Paul (5-4, 3-0 Casco League) rushed for 459 yards as a team, getting 235 yards and three touchdowns from Tyler Smith. The Bucks will face rival Perrydale for the Casco League crown at 7 p.m. Friday at the rodeo grounds.
Newberg 14, Lake Oswego 6 Seth Miller scored five goals to lead the Tigers Oct. 24. Corbin Day and Spencer McMaster added four tallies apiece and goalie Kyle Hansen blocked 13 shots.
Newberg 18, Tualatin 4 11 different players scored goals for the Tigers Monday, led by Miller and Landry Saunders, who collected three apiece.