The streak was remarkable.

Jesuit High’s girls’ soccer team had gone the entire season without conceding a single goal. In 17 matches, the Crusaders kept 17 clean sheets, winning 14 matches and drawing only three.

That streak came crumbling around Jesuit on Tuesday night against Tualatin High, leaving the players in tears and ending the Crusaders’ season with a 2-0 loss in the Oregon Schools and Activities Association Class 6A state semifinals.

“We played well tonight,” Jesuit coach Steve Fennah said. “I was proud of how they played, proud of how they performed. They certainly have nothing to hang their head for. Tualatin is a good team and it was a good high school game.

“This ranks up with one of the tougher results to take. You can be honest with yourself if you have a bad game. But, it’s harder to take when you actually went out and played a good game.”

After a scoreless first half, that went back-and-forth with neither side posing much of a threat, the Timberwolves stunned Jesuit by putting the ball in the back of the net in the 43rd minute.

The Timberwolves lined up for a corner kick. The ball bounced around the six-yard-box and finally came to Jill Farley. The Tualatin senior sent a right-footed shot to the top left corner. Jesuit goalkeeper Lindsay LaMont went airborne, but she was unable to get her hand on the ball.

by: TIMES PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Jesuit forward Melisande Gavin fights off a Tualatin defender in the Crusaders half of the pitch.

Jesuit tried desperately to find the equalizer. The Crusaders almost had it in the 51st minute when senior defender Jessica Bramlett took a free kick from 30 yards out and sent the ball banging off the cross bar.

“We had plenty of opportunities,” Fennah said. “We hit the bar and the post a few times, and it just wouldn’t go. Sometimes it goes like that. We didn’t quite tuck it away in the back of the net as perhaps we could’ve done, or perhaps we have done on other nights.”

The Crusaders then allowed the Timberwolves to put the match out of reach in the 77th minute.

A free kick from 40-yards out found Kyla Hackelman unmarked inside the 6-yard-box. Hackelman leapt up and got her head on the ball, sending it to the top right corner, where LaMont had no chance of stopping it.

“They probably had four opportunities on goal, and they scored on two of them,” Fennah said. “The second goal, it was a long ball into the box, and they got a good head on it, and they scored. Give them credit for that.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Jesuit defender Mika Chesnutt controls a ball against Tualatin on Tuesday.

After the match, LaMont crumbled to the ground, sobbing inconsolably. She was not alone. Just about every girl on the Crusaders’ was in tears. After Fennah had spoken to them, the side left the pitch quickly, many covering their faces with their jersey’s to hide their pain.

Fennah knows the loss hurts, but he said his side has nothing to be ashamed of.

“We talk to them all the time about how it’s the friendships, the relationships, the memories that you build playing that are more important than the results. We take that in the good times for granted. We should also remember that in the bad times.”

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