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The West Linn Lions defeat the Jesuit Crusaders 1-0 to advance to the boys state soccer championship game against Summit High School.

Senior Luke Tinsley celebrates with teammates after scoring for the Lions just before halftime in their 1-0 playoff victory against Jesuit High School.For the first time in school history, West Linn High School is headed to the boys state soccer championship game.

The Lions earned this right after a hard-fought game against the #2 ranked Jesuit Crusaders. They will play the state's #1 ranked team, Summit High School, this Saturday, Nov. 13 at Hillsboro Stadium at 4:00 p.m.

Even though the scoreboard showed the Crusaders outshot the Lions 13-6, it was the Lions who found the back of the net in the first half with a rocket of a shot by senior Luke Tinsley.

From that point on the Crusaders were relentless in their attack as they dominated possession and pounded the ball into the heart of the Lion defense. Stepping up to stymie Jesuit was the Lions senior goalkeeper Tyler Davis, who made a number of strong saves throughout the game.

Heading into the championship game the Lions are currently 15-1-2 on the season and have gone undefeated in play dating back to the second game of the season on September 8. The Lions finished the season ranked #6 in the state and defeated #27 South Medford 5-0, #11 Sunset 2-0, #3 South Eugene 4-3 in PKs, and #2 Jesuit 1-0 to earn a shot at a state title.

The Lions play the Storm of Summit High School from Bend, the #1 ranked soccer team in the state and the Mountain Valley Conference Champions. Summit defeated #32 McDaniel 4-0, #17 Franklin 5-0, #8 Lakeridge 3-0, and #5 Grant 3-0. The Storm have an overall record of 16-0-1.

See our slideshow of our best photos from the West Linn vs Jesuit game below.



West Linn 1 - Jesuit 0


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