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The Aloha and Westview boys, along with Tualatin girls join Jesuit in state semifinals.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Members of the Tualatin girls soccer team celebrate their win over Tigard in the state playoffs' second round. The Timberwolves went on to defeat Sheldon in the quarterfinals and advanced to a semifinal game with Jesuit.In soccer, it doesn't always take much for momentum to swing your way.

After playing to a scoreless draw for the first 80 minutes, No. 7 Westview grabbed all the momentum in overtime and rode it to a 2-0 upset over No. 2 Lakeridge. Westview senior JJ Diaz scored both of his team's goals in the first overtime period, just minutes apart, as the Wildcats claimed the win at Lakeridge High School on Saturday night, Nov. 5.

"This was the most intense game that we have played this season," Westview head coach Jon Fresh said. "The boys worked hard during the week and were absolutely focused. We knew what needed to be done in order to move forward and the boys stepped up."

Diaz's first goal came five minutes into the first overtime period, and just moments after Matthew Maldonado of Lakeridge blasted a shot that Westview goalkeeper Andrew Kuculyn punched over the crossbar. Maldonado's shot was one of the best chances of the night for the Pacers, but on the ensuing corner kick, the Wildcats cleared, took possession and launched a counterattack that ended up in the back of the Lakeridge goal. Two minutes later, Diaz put away a 32-yard free kick to make it 2-0.

It was a high-level match between two very good teams, one that became increasingly physical as the night wore on.

"We were in the final eight for a reason," Lakeridge head coach Alan Cox said of the matchup between the Pacers and Wildcats. "Two good teams with a lot of good players, playing hard and putting everything on the line. The quality and work rate from both teams tonight was great."

Lakeridge senior captain Luke Yanello noted that the difference in the match came down to execution.

"Obviously, we're disappointed it didn't go our way," Yanello said. "I thought it was an evenly matched game. It's just a matter of converting your opportunities, and I think (Westview) did a good job of that. They had a few chances, and they converted them. We had about the same amount, and it just didn't go our way today."

Next, Westview is scheduled to face Metro League foe Aloha in the state semifinals. Fresh said his team is excited for the game and understands the magnitude of what's at stake.

"Aloha has been on an impressive run and they are the current co-champions of the Metro League," Fresh said. "It'll be definitely one of the most anticipated games this area of Beaverton has seen in a long time. Our boys are up for the challenge and know a lot is riding on this game."

Aloha earned their way into the semifinals by defeating Lincoln 2-0, also in overtime.

Adrian Millage broke a scoreless tie five minutes into the first extra period and got a second goal from Christian Silva in the second overtime period. With the win, the Warriors earned the school's first ever trip to the boys soccer semifinals.

"I'm so proud of my team," Aloha head coach Enrique Abad said. "Aloha has never made the boys semifinals in soccer, and the team, school, parents, everyone is so excited for the opportunity. Our team has worked so hard all season and it's such a great group of boys."

Abad's team defeated Westview 3-1 in their only meeting this season Oct. 13, but the coach said he nor his players are taking anything for granted regarding the Wildcats' ability on the pitch.

"While we did beat Westview this season, and it's nice to play a team we're familiar with, we're not taking anything for granted," Abad said. "We need to come into the match with confidence, but also need to remain focused and prepared ourselves for a difficult match against a close rival."

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Westview senior Sasha DeVassie chases down a ball during the Wildcats' state quarterfinal game against Lakeridge Saturday, Nov. 5, at Lakeridge High School.Other local area results…

Jesuit 3, Central Catholic 0

The Crusaders' Drew Pedersen broke a 0-0 tie late in the second half, then Noah Hayes added two more over the game's final 15 minutes to secure Jesuit's win and trip to the state semifinals.

Jesuit goalkeeper Elliot Parelius earned the shutout for the Crusaders who will face Gresham in their semifinal match.

Gresham 1, South Eugene 0

The Gophers scored the game's only goal in a scrum in front of the net with just seconds remaining in the game's first overtime period, then hung-on for 1-0 win over The Axe.

Like with Aloha, the state semifinal berth will be the first in school history for Gresham.

Girls

Jesuit 3, Cleveland

The No. 1-ranked Crusaders got a first-half goal from Marianne Dunne and two goals from Hanna Slama, then cruised to victory over PIL co-champion Cleveland at Jesuit High School.

The win allowed Jesuit to stay undefeated (17-0) and advanced the top-seeded Crusaders to their sixth semifinal in the past seven years.

Tualatin 3, Sheldon 0

The red-hot Timberwolves followed up playoff wins over Central Catholic and Tigard with a shutout win over the fourth-seeded Irish.

Maya Loudd scored her third, fourth and fifth goals of the postseason en route to a hat trick on the road in Eugene.

4A Girls

North Marion 2, Scappoose 0

The Huskies took advantage of an inadvertent handball and a Scappoose defensive mishap to get two first-half goals, both from Saylor Swanson, to defeat the No. 5-ranked Indians at Canby High School.

Scappoose had a handful of good looks in both the first and second halves, but North Marion goalkeeper Ally Coulombe thwarted each Indians effort to catapult the Huskies to their third consecutive state semifinal.

Valley Catholic 7, Riverdale 2

Catlin Gabel 3, Corbett 0

Andy Dieckhoff contributed to this story.


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