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Sunset boys and girls soccer teams advance to second round of Class 6A playoffs

TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Sunset sophomore Kelsey Wenckus tries to take a ball away from an Irish defender against Sheldon in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs on Tuesday.

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Sunset boys soccer beats Willamette, face Westview in second round

Sunset took charge by scoring twice in little more than a three-minute span early in the second half. 

David Douglas was pressing to end the scoreless game when Joseph Quintanilla played a free kick to the front of the goal only to see Sunset's Kevin Gan be the first into the air to send the ball out of danger with a header. 

The Scots returned to the attack when Faizal Mohd Sidek made a run into the corner before playing the ball back out to Gustavo Perez inside the 18-yard box. His one-touch beat the keeper, but ended up trapped in the side netting. 

David Douglas was persistent with Arturo Gonzalez-Vasquez combining on a give-and-go that saw him hit a roller on frame from 25 yards out that Sunset goalie Kellen Gullion was able to slide over and scoop up. 

Gullion sent a long goal kick the other way and the quick switch saw Elijah White beat the keeper out front to put the Apollos on top 1-0 with 31:43 to play. 

Sunset's next attack paid off as well with Gerardo Romero sending a cross to the mouth of the goal where Jose Diaz was able to deflect it past the goalie for a 2-0 lead with 28:24 left. 

David Douglas tried to get back within striking distance with Isaac Rangel Villafuerte making a deep run getting two strides inside the 18-yard box before Sunset's Jacob McCullough squeezed him out and took the ball off his cleat. The ball squirted to the tip of the box where the Scots' Esad Salihovic connected on a long-range shot that forced Gullion to make a save. 

The Apollos carried their 2-0 lead into the final 20 minutes, and the sides traded goals down the stretch.

Apollo girls soccer passes past Centennial

Sunset opened the scoring less than 10 minutes into the match when Kendsy Carmichael hit.a shot from 30 yards out over the top of the goalie. 

The Apollos made in 2-0 in the game's 12th minute when Stephanie Niebergall crossed a ball across the mouth of the goal where Emily Wenzel deflected it into the top half. 

Centennial got onto the scoreboard midway through the first half when Sunset played a ball back toward its own goal, but the ball rolled into empty space at the top of the 18-yard box. Centennial striker Rebecca Wheeler pounced on the opportunity, beating three white shirts to the ball and taking a quick shot from the arc that beat the goalie into the right side of the net. 

The Eagles had a couple chances to tie it before halftime when Madisen Kramer played a ball up to Chloe Smith for a long run that saw her close in on the post before being knocked off the ball. 

A few minutes later, Centennial's Kaylinn Lawerence hit a free kick from the center line that Gabbi Nowodworski headed toward the goal. The ball took a hop with Chloe Smith in pursuit only to see Sunset keeper Bridgette Skiba drop to the turf to cover up the dangerous ball. 

Sunset took a 3-1 lead into intermission when Niebergall crossed another ball inside for Wenzel, who similar to her first goal, booted the ball high and into the goal.

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