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The top-ranked Falcons will face No. 3 Corvallis at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - La Salle freshman Vance Sheffield (flanked by Johannes Gikas [left] and Mizael Harris) celebrates his goal during the Falcons' 4-0 win over North Salem at La Salle High School in the Class 5A state semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 9.The La Salle boys soccer team is poised to attain its biggest goal.

The top-ranked Falcons assured themselves a shot at the Class 5A state championship by beating North Salem 4-0 in their state semifinal at La Salle High School on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

They pushed across three goals in the first half and one more in the second to dispatch the Vikings and earn a title-game berth against No. 3 Corvallis at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Hillsboro Stadium. The Spartans (12-3-2 overall) upset No. 2 Willamette 4-3 in their Tuesday semifinal.

"It feels great," said La Salle senior goalkeeper and team captain Parker English, who made four saves and assisted on one of his team's four goals. "It's good for all the seniors that didn't get the chance last year because we proved two years ago that we could do it."

"We wanted to get back to that final, and for … me and the other seniors, it's one last chance," said senior forward Mizael Harris, who scored one goal and assisted on two others against North Salem. "We've got one last shot at the final one more time so it's going to be great."

With their Tuesday win — the team's eighth straight — the Falcons improved to 15-1-1 overall and extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games after winning the Northwest Oregon Conference; they also won the last Class 5A state title in 2019. North Salem, meanwhile, saw its three-game winning streak and 15-game unbeaten streak snapped and finished its year at 12-2-3 after tying for the Mid-Willamette Conference title.

La Salle 4, North Salem 0

The Falcons got things started Tuesday when Harris sent a cross from the left side into the North Salem penalty box. This set up senior Jeffrey Richter to run onto it at the far post and beat the Vikings' keep with a low shot into the right corner for a 1-0 lead with 19 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first half.

"It was good. Mizael played a good ball to me, and it was just amazing," Richter said. "It was so great."

Next, with 13:20 remaining in the half, English sent a long free kick down the center of the field and Harris played it on a bounce and looped a shot over the Viking keeper to make it 2-0.

Eight minutes later, Harris and junior Quentin Strange both blasted short-range shots at the North Salem goal, and while both of those were blocked, senior Luke Bjelland came through with the follow-up at the right post to make it 3-0.

But the Vikings, who showcased their ability to possess the ball and string passes together throughout the game, came back to score their lone goal when freshman Jael Jacobo took a cross and scored on a 12-yard shot from the right side to make it 3-1 with 52 seconds remaining in the half.

But nothing was going to stop the Falcons this night. Despite a trio of shots on goal by the Vikings in the second half (two by Juan Rangel Salas and one by Jacobo), La Salle pulled away to win 4-1, getting its final score when Harris eluded a pair of North Salem defenders in the penalty box, then crossed the ball diagonally to freshman Vance Sheffield for a low shot at the left post with 13:22 left in the contest.

"The goal the whole year has been to take it one game at a time, and the end goal is the state championship and that's where we're going Saturday," English said.

"It'll just take high intensity (to win), leaving everything out there, just focusing on the game, leaving everything else out and play soccer, basically," Richter added.

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