Tualatin wins rematch with Bowmen
SHERWOOD — It wasn't very long ago.
Less than two weeks, in fact.
That's when the Sherwood and Tualatin high school girls soccer teams met in an important match at Tualatin High School field. The Lady Bowmen came away with a wild 3-2 win that night, clinching the Three Rivers League title and celebrating on the Timberwolf turf.
The two young, but talented, squads met again in a rematch on Tuesday. Again, it was an important match. But, this time, the outcome was different. This time Tualatin came away with a 4-2 victory in a Class 6A state playoff second-round match — and the Wolves got to celebrate on the Bowmen turf.
"This is really big," said Tualatin junior Skylar Maddox, who scored one of the Timberwolf goals.
"Yeah, we lost to them just two games ago," Tualatin junior forward Megan MacPherson said. "So we knew that it would be tough, but we came through."
"This is pretty amazing," said Tualatin freshman forward Cally Togiai, who scored three goals in Tuesday's playoff match. "We remember how it felt when we lost to them. We didn't want to feel that way again. This is the best feeling."
With the loss, Sherwood, the Three Rivers League champion and the No. 9 team in the final OSAA power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 10-3-3.
"It was good," Sherwood sophomore Loma McNeese said of the Lady Bowmen's season. "We won league. We were successful. Next year, you better watch out for us."
Tualatin, the No. 3 team out of the Three Rivers League and the No. 24 team in the OSAA power rankings, improved to 9-5-1 on the season with the win. The Wolves also advance to play at top-seeded Jesuit in a state-playoff quarterfinal game on Saturday, starting at 2:30 p.m.. The Crusaders, who won at home, 1-0, against South Medford on Tuesday, are 16-0, while giving up only one goal, on the season.
"We know Jesuit, and how good they are," MacPherson said. "We have to have the mindset that we can do it."
"If we have the same focus and intensity, and bring it to Jesuit, it will be exciting," Togiai said.
There sure seemed to be plenty of excitement in Tuesday's Tualatin-Sherwood rematch.
Both team's defenses looked to be tough at the beginning of the match. The Tualatin defense, including junior Felicity Ganzar, senior Rachael Breyer, junior Megan Sweeney and sophomore Aden Lynch, among others, and the Sherwood defense, including junior Abby Eisenbeiss, sophomore Jillian Leroux, junior Jenna Funk and junior Madi Pastores, among others, were unyielding in the opening minutes.
Tualatin sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Hall also made a key play, leaping to grab a corner kick by Sherwood senior Lauren Scarvie with 17 minutes and 21 seconds left to play in the first half.
The Timberwolves were able to break through before halftime. Togiai, after taking a pass from Breyer, drilled a shot from 25 yards away on the right side in toe the left side of the Lady Bowmen goal, giving Tualatin a 1-0 lead with 10:17 left to play before halftime.
The Wolves would take the 1-0 lead to halftime following an intense 40 minutes of play.
However, Tualatin showed its explosiveness early in the second half.
The Wolves upped their lead to 2-0 when Maddox scored with 34:37 left to play in the match. On the scoring play, Togiai hit a cross from the right side to Maddox, who hit a shot that was deflected by a Sherwood defender. But a heads-up Maddox struck the ball again, this time putting it into the Lady Bowmen goal from five yards away.
"That felt great," Maddox said. "I had to run, because I knew Cally would hit it over everyone."
That goal lit a fuse for the Wolves. Just 1:30 later, Togiai scored from seven yards out, off an assist by MacPherson, upping the lead to 3-0.
And, just 1:27 after that, Togiai scored again, from 10 yards out, giving the Wolves a 4-0 lead, and giving the freshman a hat trick.
"I couldn't have done it without my teammates," Togiai said of the hat trick. "It was a team effort."
Sherwood, down 4-0, wasn't about to give up.
The Lady Bowmen cut the lead to 4-1 when junior Gillian Pedan scored off a long free kick pass from Eisenbeiss, coming with 22:43 left in the match.
Then, with 4:05 remaining, McNeese scored on a shot from 25 yards away, making the score 4-2.
"It definitely was important to us to keep battling," McNeese said. "We gathered together, and told each other to keep playing hard."
The Lady Bowmen weren't able to get any closer in the final minutes, leaving the Timberwolves with the 4-2 victory, and a trip to the Class 6A quarterfinal round.
"They're a strong team," MacPherson said. "We had to push to try and keep momentum."
For the match, Tualatin had six shots on goal and two corner kick. Sherwood had eight shots on goal and two corner kicks.
If the Timberwolves, who have already defeated two higher-seeded teams in the state playoffs, are able to upset top-seeded Jesuit on Saturday, then they'll play at either Lincoln or Cleveland in a state playoff semifinal match on Tuesday.
For Sherwood, Tuesday's setback marked the final high school match for Lady Bowmen seniors Alexa Richards, Olivia Corsetti, Scarvie, Maddie Kilcoin, Ashlyn Strohmaier and Hannah Fillinger-Palotay.