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Three local teams went to overtime in the soccer semifinals, but only the Wildcats survived to reach the championship.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Wilsonville's Kenley Whittaker (12) and Natalie Kendig (14), pictured during a Sept. 9 match against Lake Oswego, both scored during a penalty kick shootout to send the Wildcats to the 5A state championship.

There were four semifinal soccer matches involving teams from Clackamas County last night, including three matches on the road at the 5A and 4A levels.

In addition to the 6A girls semifinal between West Linn and Lake Oswego, other local teams in semifinal action on Tuesday, Nov. 8, included the Wilsonville girls, La Salle Prep boys and Gladstone girls.

Here is how each of those three teams fared in their semifinal road matches.

Wilsonville girls win on PKs

The Wildcats continued a stunning run through the OSAA 5A Girls State Championship tournament, beating No. 3 Summit 2-1 (4-2 on penalty kicks) on Tuesday night, Nov. 8, during a snowy night in Bend.

The Wildcats had a goal from Camryn Schaan in regulation, but the Storm equalized early in the second half. That set up two overtime periods which produced zero goals, sending the teams on to a penalty kick shootout. Wilsonville goalkeeper Jasmine Brown saved the Storm's first two attempts, while the Wildcats got goals out of Natalie Kendig, Campbell Lawler, Schaan and Kenley Whittaker.

Wilsonville, which entered the playoffs as the No. 7 seed, has tossed aside its ranking and made it all the way back to state title match thanks to consecutive upsets of Summit and No. 2 Thurston. The Wildcats are the defending state champions, and they will now defend their title in earnest against No. 8 Crescent Valley in the OSAA 5A Girls Soccer State Championship final at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro.

Late goals doom La Salle boys

The La Salle Prep boys soccer team also came into the playoffs as two-time defending champions, but the Falcons will not have a chance to make it three in a row.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - The La Salle Prep boys soccer team, shown here during their first-round win over Crescent Valley, fell to No. 2 McKay in the 5A semifinals in Salem after the Royal Scots scored two late goals to steal the victory.

Traveling down to Salem to face No. 2 McKay on Tuesday, the third-ranked La Salle team led 1-0 after Nate Taylor's goal off a corner kick near the end of the first half.

With just five seconds remaining in the match, however, McKay's Cesar Velazquez fired a long shot that bounced through the Falcon defense and past goalkeeper Adam Clem. That sent the game into a surprising overtime, where the Royal Scots further stunned La Salle with a go-ahead goal after six minutes and holding on for the comeback win.

Gladstone girls fall in shootout

In a rain-soaked semifinal down in Grants Pass, the No. 3 Gladstone girls gave it everything they had but came up just short against No. 2 Hidden Valley.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Gladstone senior goalkeeper Emersyn Stepp (center), pictured during the Gladiators' quarterfinal win over Newport, saved Hidden Valley's first penalty kick attempt before the Mustangs eventually prevailed 3-1.

The Gladiators and Mustangs battled to a 0-0 draw in regulation, and that score line remained after 20 more minutes of overtime, sending the game to penalty kicks.

While Gladstone senior goalkeeper Emersyn Stepp saved the first attempt by Hidden Valley, the Glads' penalty takers had difficulty finding the net during the shootout. Rhyli Grim, the state's leading goal scorer this season, had the only successful penalty kick for the Gladiators, and the Mustangs eventually won the PK battle 3-1 to advance to the 4A state title match.


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