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With the clock running out, Kaitlyn Sasadeusz scored a game-winner to send the Lakers sailing into the quarterfinals.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - The Lake Oswego team celebrates Katlin Winquest's first-half goal during the Lakers' 2-1 victory over No. 11 Forest Grove in the second round of the 6A playoffs on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.

The Lake Oswego High School girls soccer is moving on to the 6A quarterfinals.

The No. 6 Lakers slipped past No. 11 Forest Grove 2-1 on Wednesday night, Nov. 2, in the second round of the OSAA 6A Girls Soccer State Championship tournament. Lake Oswego senior forward Kaitlyn Sasadeusz delighted the home crowd when she scored the game-winning goal with just 1:38 to play in a tightly contested game with the Vikings.

Lake Oswego sophomore Katlin Winquest opened the scoring with a goal midway through the first half. With 16 minutes remaining in the second half, Forest Grove senior captain Jordyn Minor scored an equalizer off a corner kick that curled directly into the net.

That goal set up a frantic finish before Sasadeusz eventually put the Lakers into the quarterfinals, where Lake Oswego will face No. 3 Sunset on the road this Saturday, Nov. 5.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Lake Oswego senior forward Kaitlyn Sasadeusz (9) scored the game-winner in the Lakers' 2-1 victory over No. 11 Forest Grove in the second round of 6A playoffs on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.

Sasadeusz makes most of second chance

Just a few minutes before her game-winner, Sasadeusz came up short on a golden breakaway opportunity that could've broken the 1-1 deadlock. Forest Grove's senior goalkeeper, Aleena Calvert, came off her line and stuffed Sasadeusz's attempt to get past her.

The Laker senior knew that her team would give her another good ball, though, and another chance at getting around Calvert. When the opportunity finally came, Sasadeusz seized that chance.

"After the first time, my immediate response was, 'I know there's a good chance it's going to happen again. I've got to take that touch if I have the opportunity and put it past the keeper,'" said Sasadeusz after the match. "(Calvert) had an amazing game."

Meanwhile, after the go-ahead goal, the Lakers still had to keep Forest Grove from tying it back up.

"The defense, toward the end there, we were like, 'We're not letting anything in,'" said Lake Oswego senior defender Mairin Kelly. "And we didn't."

Kelly described the intensity of the final minute and a half as "crazy," and Sasadeusz also noted the high quality of the competition out on the field for the full 80 minutes.

"It was incredible," Sasadeusz said of the game. "(Forest Grove) is such an amazing team. I know their seniors are done, but that's a hell of a game to go out on."

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Forest Grove senior Jordan Minor (center) watches a kick by goalkeeper Aleena Calvert (0) during the Vikings' 2-1 loss to Lake Oswego in the second round of the 6A playoffs on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.

Vikings go out on their shields

After going down early, the Vikings attacked much more fiercely in the second half. They looked like they might even pull the upset after tying the game and gaining momentum.

Unfortunately for Forest Grove, the winds shifted back toward Lake Oswego late in the game, and the Vikings could not add another goal to go with Minor's magnificent curler.

While scoring directly from a corner kick is a relative rarity in soccer, Minor has turned the trick into a commonplace event. The senior captain has called her own number four times this year.

"I've been playing since I was a little kid, and my kick has just kind of gone to that," said Minor of her penchant for curling corners in for goals. "I aim at Sophia (Broberg), another senior, on the back post and just try to curve into the back for her."

Aside from those memorable goals, Minor says what she will remember most about this Forest Grove team is all the laughs.

"These girls know how to make jokes and make me laugh at practice," said the senior. "They're amazing people. I'm going to miss that next year."

Forest Grove head coach Ignacio Olvera has similar feelings about this team, which has exceeded his expectations and helped put Viking soccer on the map.

"I knew this was a special group," said Olvera. "I knew they would make the playoffs. They played against a very good (Lake Oswego) team, and you know what? We had them against the ropes."

The coach added: "I'm very proud of my girls. They gave it their all."

This group has helped to establish a growing soccer culture in Forest Grove, and Olvera hopes that it is just the beginning of yearly trips to the postseason.

"Nobody knew who Forest Grove was. Now, Forest Grove is starting to play soccer," said Olvera of the impact that his players have had on the program.

"It's taken a while, but we're starting to make a little bit of noise. I think, in the years to come, we're going to be here again."

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Natalie Redpath (12) and the No. 6 Lake Oswego Lakers will face the No. 3 Sunset Apollos in the quarterfinals of the OSAA 6A Girls Soccer State Championship on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

Lakers looking for redemption at Sunset

As for Lake Oswego, the Lakers are still alive for at least another round.

Their next opponent is a familiar one: the same Sunset team that knocked Lake Oswego out of the playoffs last year.

"It's bittersweet," said Sasadeusz of facing Sunset in the postseason again. "Last year, we lost in the quarterfinals to Sunset, so we're looking for revenge. We're looking to come out strong just like we did in this game."

As the Lakers lace up their boots for what should be an exciting quarterfinal rematch, Sasadeusz is hoping to keep this season going. Injuries kept her off the field for half of her high school career, so she wants this senior year to keep going for as long as possible.

"It's my last time to play with these girls," said Sasadeusz. "I was only able to play with them freshman year, so it would mean the world (to beat Sunset)."

After surviving a first-round scare by beating No. 30 Ida B. Wells on penalty kicks, the third-seeded Apollos trounced No. 19 St. Mary's Academy 4-0 on Wednesday night.

The kickoff time for Saturday's quarterfinal has not yet been announced. The winner will advance to the semifinal round to face either No. 2 West Linn or No. 10 Lincoln.


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