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NEWBERG — Cascade Christian goalkeeper Jessica Weber and the Challengers edged Dayton 1-0 in the first round of the Class 3A/2A/1A state playoffs, triumphing in a thrilling penalty kick shootout to advance on Tuesday.
Weber earned the victory between the pipes and booted in the game-winning penalty kick at George Fox University. The Challengers (10-5-1) converted four of their six penalty kicks, while Dayton netted three.
After a scoreless regulation and overtime session, Cascade Christian and Dayton (11-5-2) each knocked in three of their opening five PK attempts. Kelly Bales, Jillian Emard and Katelyn Stephens scored for the Challengers, while Shelby Byerly, Elizabeth Meaders and Mireya Vazquez had the Pirates' goals.
Weber then booted the deciding score into the bottom right corner to end the match.
In goal, Weber and Dayton goalkeeper Morgyn Erb each made seven saves during the 80-minute regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.
Cascade Christian will next play at Valley Catholic (11-0-2) in the quarterfinals on Saturday.