Crusader girls soccer state champs pace all-Metro League teams
Another year of Metro League girls soccer mastery culminated in an all-Metro Class 6A state championship game between the conference's flagships.
Sunset reached the state pinnacle for the third time in four years, an exemplary feat for any program, especially a public school. And while the Apollos gave Jesuit a fair fight in the regular season, the Crusaders were a cut above in the title game, rolling to a 4-0 6A trophy win.
For Jesuit's seniors such as Emma Treasure, Sophie Braun, and Sydney Collins, the crown was their second in four years.
All three Crusader captains will play Division One soccer with Treasure and Collins teaming up again at the University of Cal-Berkeley while Braun heads north to suit up for Gonzaga. And each closed out their Crusader tenures as first-team all-Metro selections along with sophomore standout Callan Harrington.
Harrington and Treasure were a tyrannical one-two combination atop the Crusader offense, executing give-and-go two-player games that gave opponents fits on the pitch. Each had the speed and finishing ability to take it the distance themselves. But they were also creative and crafty enough to know when to score and when to distribute.
Collins might have been one of the three fastest players in Metro, a defender with the speed to push up on offense, but then turn and race back to the backline at the drop of a hat. Her technical skills as a defender were superb, as was her communication with the rest of the Crusader defense. Like Collins, Braun was an interchangeable weapon who could go from scoring or assisting on a goal one minute to knocking an opposing forward off the ball with a bruising tackle.
Sunset senior goalie Bridgette Skiba leaves Metro as one of the more highly decorated players in recent league history. She was a first-team all-Metro selection the last three seasons — a rare feat for a keeper in a conference chalked with stars in-between the posts — as well as an honorable mention pick as a freshman. Few players were more vocal, more fearless or more aggressive at her position.
Fellow Apollo senior Ally Thom broke out in her final season as a sophomore, becoming one of Sunset's leading scorers at the forward spot. Thom scored three goals in the first 20 minutes of the first half against Southridge early on in Metro play. Sophomore Stephanie Niebergall is Sunset's future, a dynamic midfielder/forward who plays incredibly hard can score on anybody while also looking for open teammates around the final third. The talented underclassman earned what's sure to be her first of many first-team all-Metro honors.
Beaverton senior midfielder Megan Harrington garnered first-team all-Metro honors as well, closing out a Beaver tenure that ended with four 6A playoff berths. Aloha sophomore Yaire Dolores Lopez and Westview junior Kendall Ingersoll both made first-team all-Metro after helping their respective teams reach the postseason.
The Warriors, who finished fourth in Metro and made the second round of the playoffs, had two other underclassmen make the all-Metro list in sophomore Stella Hall and junior Carson Feurbacher. Hall made second-team all-Metro and Feurbacher was honorable-mention all-Metro. Beaverton seniors Makenna Blix, Natalie Perkins and Maya Udani were also second-team all-Metro. Jesuit sophomores Mary Votava and Jaiden McClellan, as well as Southridge senior Molly Rubin and Sunset seniors Kendsy Carmichael and Nadia Coates, were awarded second-team all-Metro honors. Westview senior Sami Siems made honorable-mention all-Metro.
Glencoe junior Celeste Molina Sanchez was Metro Player of the Year in the last year Glencoe, Liberty and Century competed in the conference.