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Quick start helps St. Mary's win soccer playoff game

TALENT ' St. Mary's got off to a lightning quick start against Santiam Christian in a District 6 boys soccer playoff game Saturday.

The undefeated Crusaders scored in 38 seconds en route to a 2-0 win over the Eagles at Hagler-James Park.

The victory advances St. Mary's (15-0) into the Class 2A/1A state playoffs as district's the No. — seed. St. Mary's, last year's state runner-up, will get a first-round bye and host a playoff game Nov. 4.

Matt Bladek created the opportunity for St. Mary's sudden goal. The Crusader forward found a streaking Michael Staver from the goal line and Staver beat Santiam goalie Aaron Selvig one-on-one from 15-yards out.

— Bladek dribbled through two players and found the right place for a perfect pass, explained St. Mary's coach Matt Faurot. That was the fastest I've ever seen St. Mary's come out and score a goal.

The Crusaders went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

After we got the goal, our paced slowed and Santiam Christian was beating us to a lot of 50-50 balls, said Faurot.

In the second half, the Crusaders defense put the clamps on any serious Eagle threats.

St. Mary's got the all important insurance goal by sophomore Austin Grant at the 67th minute.

Freshman Max Miller, playing in his third varsity game due to some changes in the lineup caused by injuries, helped set up the score.

Miller's cross to the goal mouth was headed out by an Eagle defender to Grant, who volleyed a shot high into the net.

The Crusaders received strong defensive play from senior sweeper Ryan Burt and junior fullback Eric Melchiori.

Junior stopper Duncan MacDiarmit and Melchiori helped the Crusader attack by making some quality runs in the Santiam zone.

Junior goalie Dylan Bourke registered the shutout.

St. Mary's had a 14-3 advantage in shots and attempted five corner kicks to three for the Eagles.

Skyline Boys Soccer

MAZAMA 3, NORTH VALLEY 1, OT '

At Klamath Falls, Mazama earned its first state-playoff berth since 1984 with a Skyline Conference playoff victory over North Valley.

The Vikings, the No. — seed out of the Skyline, will play Saturday against a team yet to be determined.

Mazama qualified for state in 1993, but had to forfeit its postseason qualification due to an ineligible player.

North Valley's Ben Maue scored from about 50 yards out in the 17th minute for a 1-0 lead.

Oscar Herrera tied the game for Mazama in the 65th minute, sending the game into extended play.

In overtime, Alex Ramirez scored five minutes into the opening half and Eve Melgoza tacked on the final goal in the final half.

District 6 Girls Soccer

HENLEY 2, ST. MARY'S 0 ' At Klamath Falls, second half scores from Heather Olisse and Marcia Rosterolla locked up a state-playoff spot for Henley.

The Hornets, the No. — seed from District 6, broke a scoreless tie at the half with the initial goal in the eighth minute of the second half.

Skyline Conference Football

MAZAMA 28, ILLINOIS VALLEY 21 '

At Cave Junction, Ryan McGraw's 67-yard touchdown jaunt in the fourth quarter sealed a Skyline Conference win for Mazama.

McGraw's late-game scamper capped a 122-yard, three TD afternoon.

Illinois Valley, which was eliminated from postseason contention with the loss, had taken a 21-20 lead in the third quarter following a Mike Pagnotta touchdown from four yards out.

Both teams eclipsed 300 yards rushing with Pagnotta's 135-yard effort on 31 carries setting the high mark.

Pagnotta, who scored three times, also put his hat in the defensive ring with 15 tackles.

The Vikings improved their co-Skyline leading record to 4-1, while the loss marked the end of the season for the Cougars, who finished 3-3 in conference play.

Mazama..........................................7 13 0 8 ' 28

Illinois Valley....................................7 6 8 0 ' 21

IV ' Pagnotta — run (Pope kick)

M ' McGraw — run (Gansberg kick)

IV ' Pagnotta 6 run (kick failed)

M ' Pena 20 pass from McGraw (Gansberg kick)

M ' McGraw 25 run (kick failed)

IV ' Pagnotta 4 run (Pope recovers fumble in end zone)

M ' McGraw 67 run (Railsback pass from McGraw)

SCL Football

CHILOQUIN 14, ST. MARY'S 7 ' Junior running back Keith Butts' touchdown run gave St. Mary's a 7-0 first quarter lead, but Chiloquin rallied to complete the SCL season at 5-1.

Butts, who scored on a 3-yard run, led all rushers with 119 yards on 25 carries.

Both Chiloquin touchdowns came on runs by Randy Wahl.

Louie Wahl was the Panthers leading ball carrier with 107 yards.

St. Mary's (3-5, 1-4 SCL) picked up 161 yards on the ground, but the Crusaders passing attack was ineffective.

St. Mary's quarterback Mike Rust was just 2-of-12 passing for 24 yards with one interception.

Chiloquin's David Newman completed seven passes for 88 yards.

Chiloquin (7-1) had 312 yards in offense to 185 for St. Mary's.

Chiloquin..........................................0 7 7 0 ' 14

St. Mary's.........................................7 0 0 0 ' 7

SM ' Butts — run (Kulig kick)

C ' R. Wahl 4 run (Moore kick)

C ' R. Wahl 11 run (Moore kick)

Water Polo

SOUTHERN LEGUE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT ' At Springfield, Daniel Armitage scored five goals to lead Ashland past South Eugene for the district championship.

The Grizzlies gained a berth in the state tournament in two weeks at the Tualatin Hills Recreation Center in Beaverton.

In the title match, Ashland also received goals from Ben Dawson, Aaron Nelson, Michael Stout and Tyler Foley. Nathan Jessop provided seven steals.

Ashland defeated Redmond, 17-1, in its opening game Friday.

On Saturday, the Grizzlies dropped North Eugene, 31-9, to advance to the championshp game.

The Ashland girls suffered two losses Saturday to be eliminated from the eight-team tournament.

The Grizzly girls finished fourth.

The Ashland girls defeated Redmond 4-3 on Friday, then dropped consecutive matches to North Eugene (17-7) and Cottage Grove (9-5) on Saturday.