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St. Mary's head girls soccer coach Dave Potter and his Crusaders have captured plenty of league championships, but the program's fifth straight crown — earned Tuesday — felt just a little sweeter.
Lilli Knudsen, Amber Moore and Rachel Raniele all scored goals as St. Mary's defeated Glide 3-0 to secure the Southern Cascade Hybrid title at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Crusaders (9-2-3, 7-0 SCH) have won five consecutive championships in the SCH, District 4 and District 6 leagues.
"It feels really special with this group for this reason," Potter explained. "We lost 11 seniors this year. I thought people thought we would be down, but these girls never believed it or recognized it. They have worked hard and been true in training and played up to whatever level we've thrown at them."
Knudsen accepted a cross from Emily Elmore and scored in the 22nd minute. The goal was created by the skillful play of Emily Frank, who avoided several defenders, dribbled through pressure in the midfield and forwarded the ball to Elmore.
"We were a little slow but built some momentum," Potter said.
Marybeth Barnum played a ball into the box in the 46th minute, and Moore beat a handful of defenders to it and punched in a far-post shot.
Raniele put St. Mary's up 3-0 in the 48th minute on a quick cross by Moore.
Viv Juncal earned the shutout for the Crusaders, who beat Glide (9-2, 4-2 SCH) 7-0 on Sept. 29.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 1, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Cave Junction, Alex Manninen scored the deciding goal on a penalty kick for Illinois Valley in SCH play.
Amanda Brooks crossed the ball toward the mouth of the Rogue River goal and a hand ball was called, helping to set up Manninen's score in the 45th minute.
Goalkeeper Chawna Crawford made six saves for Illinois Valley (5-6, 2-4 SCH) against the Chieftains (0-9-1, 0-7).