Bowmen are best
Sherwood gets a 2-1 win over Sunset to claim the school's first Class 6A state team title
HILLSBORO It wasn't over yet.
Nothing was official.
In fact, there were about 40 seconds showing on the scoreboard clock.
But, at that time, Lindsay Howard, turned toward her fellow Sherwood High School senior forward, Kailen Fried, and smiled.
Fried smiled back.
Soon after, everyone involved with the Sherwood squad was smiling and screaming and yelling and celebrating.
And those weren't just any big, bright smiles on the faces of the Lady Bowmen. They were championship smiles state championship smiles.
The Sherwood team, whose seniors set their sights on the state championship four years ago, saw its aspirations, and hard work and desire, become reality, as it captured the title with an impressive 2-1 victory over Sunset in the Class 6A state championship match, played Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.
This means the absolute world to us, said Howard, who scored one of the two Lady Bowmen goals in the victory. I can't believe this is our last game together, but we saved the best for last.
This means so much to us, Fried said. We've been working since our freshman year for this. We're leaving a legacy.
We worked four years to do this, Sherwood senior goalkeeper Madison Reimer said. To finally do it means everything to us.
Oh my gosh, this has been our goal for four years, Sherwood senior defender Daria Brandt said. And to do this our senior year means so much to us. But it's everyone, from (freshman) Loma (McNeese), to the sophomores and the juniors, we all did it. And this means everything to us.
Sunset, the No. 3 team out of the Metro League, and the No. 5 team in the final OSAA power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 13-4-3. Sherwood, the Three Rivers League champion, and the No. 3 team in the power rankings, finished up at 16-2-1.
The Lady Bowmen also claimed their first state soccer title since they bested Wilsonville 1-0 in the 2011 Class 5A state championship contest.
Sherwood, with Saturday's win, also became claimed the school's first-ever team state championship at the Class 6A level.
It's huge, Sherwood coach Katie Hartman said. This is something the seniors wanted to do the past four years. To bring a 6A title to the school is a dream come true.
It's cool to be the school's first 6A champion, Sherwood senior Kaelin Horton said.
We knew we had to play a full 80 minutes to do it, Brandt said.
While that likely is true, some of the Lady Bowmen realized, in that final minute of play, that they were about to become state champions.
With about 40 seconds left, I looked over at KK (Fried) and said 'we won,' Howard said. We started crying together.
And Sherwood put together a strong, impressive performance right from the start to make sure those tears of joy would flow.
We were ready to go, Hartman said. The girls played with fire and desire. They were committed to it.
And it showed.
Sherwood senior Kennedy Clay and sophomore Hailee Rasmussen both hit shots at the Sunset goal in the first five minutes of the contest.
Then, with 25 minutes and 54 seconds left to play in the first half, the Lady Bowmen broke through to take the lead.
Horton started the scoring play with a free kick from 35 yards out, hitting the ball directly to Howard, who was 13 yards away from the end line. Howard got a head on the ball, flicking it right at the Apollo goal. The ball hit the right post, but McNeese, making a heads-up play, sprinted to the loose ball and smacked into the net, giving Sherwood a 1-0 lead.
Lindsay called for it, and I hit it right to her, Horton said.
She's so good at free kicks, Howard said. It was right to me, and I flicked it. It hit the post, but Loma is so good at following it in. It was a perfect goal.
And, not too much longer, Howard hit a perfect shot.
With the ball on the right side, 15 yards out, Howard lofted a shot that sailed over the reach of Sunset junior goalkeeper Bridgette Skiba and then drifted down, underneath the crossbar, for a goal that upped the Lady Bowmen lead to 2-0 with 20:58 remaining in the first half.
I saw the keeper come out a bit, Howard said of the play. I tried to play it over the top. It felt so good to see it go in, and then have my team all run up to me.
The Lady Bowmen kept up the intensity on offense the remainder of the first half, getting shots on goal from Fried, Rasmussen and Howard.
Meanwhile, the Lady Bowmen defense, including Brandt, Reimer, senior Chloe Shumaker, Horton and Clay, among others, also stepped up, limiting Sunset to just no shots on goal in the first 40 minutes.
It was good team defense, Brandt said. It came from everyone.
It certainly did.
Reimer leaped to grab a Sunset header in front of the goal in the opening six minutes of the contest. Horton cleared the ball away from the Bowmen goal with 15:08 left in the first half. Shumaker cleared the ball away from a breaking Sunset senior Riley Prillwitz, who looked to have a possible open path toward the Bowmen goal with 14:19 remaining in the half.
And, Brandt was helping lead the way on defense.
We call her 'The Wall,' Howard said.
But Sunset, showing some determination of its own, answered back early in the second half. Apollo senior Rose Pflug, after taking a pass from sophomore Haley Leavens, scored on a shot from 20 yards out on the right side, putting the ball inside the right post of the Sherwood goal, cutting the lead to 2-1 with 32:14 left to play in the match.
Suddenly, the Lady Bowmen were having flashbacks to the semifinals, when they grabbed a quick 2-0 lead, only to see West Linn tie the match up at 2-2 before halftime.
It was scary, Sherwood senior Emma Smith said. But we knew we just had to pick up our defense.
We just made a little mistake, Brandt said. We just had to reset.
We had to make sure to keep up the energy, Horton said.
The Sherwood defense was up to the task. The Lady Bowmen allowed the Apollos to have just one more shot on goal the rest of the way, an attempt by Pflug that Reimer saved on a dive with 10:50 left to play. Three minutes later, Brandt headed away a free kick by Pflug, which was heading toward the Bowmen goal.
Meanwhile, the Lady Bowmen were also keeping up the energy on the other end of the field, getting shots on goal by Clay and Fried in the final seven minutes.
Soon after, the final whistle sounded, and the Lady Bowmen started celebrating their state championship with their Sherwood classmates, who stormed the field.
It took me a long time to realize what happened, Reimer said with a laugh. Then I started crying, and they made fun of me.
It was a relief, Horton said.
I just said 'we're state champs,' Fried said. And I ran over to my teammates. All of our hard work paid off.
We had so much energy, Smith said.
It was kind of surreal, Howard said of the end of the game. It was like 'what the heck just happened?' It still hasn't hit me, but it will. Then the team, and everyone, ran on the field. We celebrated like a family. This was probably the best game I've ever played in.
Sherwood, for the match, had eight shots on goal and six corner kicks. Sunset had two shots on goal and one corner kick.
Other members of the Sherwood state championship team include seniors Cameron Greene and Rita Lang, juniors Alexa Richards, Lauren Scarvie, Madison Kilcoin, Hannah Fillinger-Palotay, Olivia Corsetti and Ashlyn Strohmaier and sophomores Abby Eisenbeiss, Mia Stallard, Peyton Shannon, Addison Tanuvasa, Gillian Pedan and Madison Pastores.
Geraldine Rumpf is the team's assistant coach.