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Freshman sisters Caitlyn and Kylee Schreck each scored for the Lions in their first-ever high school playoff match.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - West Linn High School advanced to the second round of the OSAA 6A Girls Soccer State Championship tournament after defeating Southridge 5-0 on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in West Linn.

West Linn was on a mission in its first-round match on Saturday, Oct. 29.

After going undefeated during the regular season, the Lions (11-0-3, 4-0-2) earned the No. 2 seed in the OSAA 6A Girls Soccer State Championship tournament. On Saturday night, they hosted No. 31 Southridge (4-8-3, 1-5-0) and cruised to a 5-0 win behind goals from four different players, including freshman sisters Caitlyn and Kylee Schreck.

Caitlyn Schreck scored first for the Lions in the 16th minute, and then a Southridge own goal made it 2-0 just before halftime. In the second half, junior Ava Johnson scored in the 50th minute, Kylee Schreck scored six minutes later, and junior Audrey Coller grabbed the final goal with just 6:34 to play.

Meanwhile, the staunch West Linn defense posted its tenth shutout of the year, with goalkeepers Nyamma Nelson and Kyra Jeffery each getting one half of action. Defensively, senior captain Kelan Betts held down the fort alongside junior Janina Kraetschmer and sophomore Izzie Mansfield.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - West Linn junior forward Ava Johnson (4) jockeys for position during the Lions' 5-0 win over Southridge in the first round of the OSAA 6A Girls Soccer State Championship tournament on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

"It feels really good," Kylee said about scoring alongside her sister in their first-ever high school playoff game. "We've been doing really well, and the team's feeling good," she added of the Lions' confidence going forward. "We have a chance to go to the finals."

"It's been fun," Caitlyn said about playing with her sister this year. "We stay focused, and every time we play a game, we think like we're losing so we can fight really hard."

While the Schreck sisters might convince themselves that they are losing, that has not been the reality for West Linn this season. The Lions have won 11 matches, tied three and lost exactly zero as the calendar flips over to November.

That run of form resulted in a Three Rivers League championship and a lofty seeding in the state playoffs. Now, the Lions are looking to exceed their No. 2 position by the time the postseason is over.

According to Betts, the team isn't looking for any shortcuts to a state championship, either.

When asked who the Lions are most looking forward to facing in the postseason, the senior did not hesitate: "Definitely Jesuit. They're the first seed, and it would be amazing to play them."

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - West Linn junior midfielder Kate Cheldelin (center) turns upfield during the Lions' 5-0 win over Southridge in the first round of the OSAA 6A Girls Soccer State Championship tournament Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

As the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the 6A playoffs, there's only one place Jesuit and West Linn could meet: in the state championship game.

"We're not in their bracket, so the only way we'd play them is in the finals," Betts noted. "That's definitely our goal, and we see them as a great opponent. It would be such an honor to play them — and beat them."

"That would be a very rewarding senior year."

West Linn continues its quest for a date with Jesuit at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, when the Lions host No. 15 Barlow (10-2-4, 4-0-3) in second-round action at West Linn High School. The Bruins won by the same 5-0 margin on Saturday night, beating No. 18 South Salem at home in Gresham.


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