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Sherwood tipped in overtime in the state playoff clash

by: DAN BROOD - TAKING AIM -- Sherwood junior Emily Johansen (right) looks to take a shot on goal while Wilson senior Ellen Barkley falls to the turf during Tuesday's Class 5A state playoff match. Wilson rallied to score a 2-1 overtime win.SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School girls soccer team played hard throughout.

The Lady Bowmen also seemed to stay in charge for most of the contest.

But, it was Wilson that was able to come through in the clutch.

And the Trojans got to advance in the Class 5A state playoffs because of that.

The youthful Sherwood squad saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 overtime loss to Wilson in a rain-soaked Class 5A state playoff first-round match played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.

“Soccer is soccer,” Sherwood sophomore forward Allison Schwarm said after the match. “They’re a good team and we came out a little flat tonight. But we win as a team and we lose as a team.”

“Wilson is a great team and they played well,” Sherwood coach Katie Harman said. “It was a good match, and we wish Wilson the best. I’m proud of our girls.”

Wilson, the Portland Interscholastic League co-champion, improved to 6-6-3 on the season with the win. The Trojans also advance to the quarterfinal round of the Class 5A state playoffs and will travel to West Albany for a quarterfinal match on Saturday.

Sherwood, the No. 2 team out of the Northwest Oregon Conference, finished its season with a final overall mark of 10-3-2.

“Overall, it was a really good season, especially after we lost 12 seniors from last year,” Schwarm said. “We bonded really fast and we played really well as a team. I’m proud of how we did. We were the underdogs this year, but we showed that Sherwood is still here.”

“We weathered the storm well,” said Hartman, whose Lady Bowmen squad also battled injuries throughout the season. “The girls kept fighting.”

Sherwood, after getting shots on goal from senior Kai Morgan and junior Emily Johansen early on in Tuesday’s postseason contest, grabbed the first lead of the match near the midway point of the first half.by: DAN BROOD - PLAYOFF ACTION -- Sherwood junior Sydney Strohmaier (right) battles Wilson's Kennedy Reed for the ball during Tuesday's state playoff match.

Lady Bowmen senior Courtney Wunnicke, after taking a pass from Schwarm, drove 40 yards up the field and fired an open shot from 14 yards away inside the right post of the Wilson goal to give Sherwood a 1-0 lead with 19 minutes and 40 seconds left in the first half.

The Lady Bowmen had shots from freshmen Cameron Greene and Rita Lang in the final 6:45 of the half, but Sherwood wasn’t able to capitalize on those chances, leaving the home team with a 1-0 lead at halftime.

The Bowmen came very close to adding onto their lead early in the second half.

With 34:10 remaining in regulation play, Sherwood junior Sydney Strohmaier had her hard-hit shot from the top of the penalty box hit the left post of the Wilson goal.

Senior Mckenzie Cottle’s follow-up shot on goal was saved by Wilson sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Hogan.

Sherwood seemed to control play for most of the next 20 minutes of action.

But, with 11:10 left to play, Wilson junior Madison Horn had her shot on goal from 17 yards away deflected to a corner kick by sprinting Sherwood sophomore Taylor Cole.

by: DAN BROOD - A LEG UP -- Sherwood senior Mckenzie Cottle (right) gets her foot on the ball. That set up a chain of events that led to Wilson getting the tying goal.

On the ensuing corner kick, taken by Trojan sophomore Carly Meyers, Horn hit a header shot that deflected off the left post of the Sherwood goal. The ball was knocked beyond the baseline by the Lady Bowmen, giving Wilson another corner kick.

On the second attempt, also taken by Meyers, Wilson sophomore Jamie Kresi was on the mark with her header shot, knocking it inside the right post of the Sherwood goal to tie the match at 1-1 with 10:11 left in regulation play.

Neither team was able to score in the final minutes of the second half, sending the contest to a 20-minute overtime.

Lady Bowmen freshman goalkeeper Madison Reimer came up with a pair of key plays in the first 10-minute overtime session, blocking a free-kick attempt by Meyers and then making a sliding steal from driving Wilson sophomore Bethan Harper.

But, with 4:36 remaining in the second overtime session, Wilson was able to break through. And, again, the Trojans took advantage of a corner kick situation.

This time, Horn was able to score on a shot from eight yards away on a scramble in front of the Sherwood goal following a corner kick by Meyers, giving Wilson a 2-1 lead.

The Lady Bowmen’s best scoring chance in the final minutes was thwarted when Hogan made a leaping grab of a cross by Sherwood senior Emily Harris from the right side of the pitch coming with 3:11 left to play.

From there, Wilson was able to hold on for the 2-1 overtime win.

The loss marked the final high school match for Sherwood seniors Cottle, Harris, Wunnicke, Morgan and Jessica Wellner.

“We’ll miss the seniors and their leadership,” Hartman said. “But we’re building a program.”

“We’ll have to get better next year,” Schwarm said. “We have freshmen who got experience this year who will make an impact next year.”

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