St. Mary's overwhelms Western Mennonite in playoff
St. Mary's stumbled somewhat during the regular season but the Crusaders demonstrated a different intensity in the opening round of the Class 3A/2A/1A boys soccer state playoffs Tuesday.
Davis Darnall scored two goals and assisted on another as St. Mary's overwhelmed Western Mennonite 6-0 at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
St. Mary's, which finished third in the District 3 regular season and secured the No. 2 seed in the postseason through a league playoff, will play at defending state champion Portland Christian in the quarterfinals Saturday. Portland Christian defeated Irrigon 3-1 in the first round.
While the Crusaders dominated the action in the opening period, they only had one goal at halftime.
Lou Arne accounted for the score off an assist from Darnall in the 12th minute.
"We clearly out-possessed them in the first half," said St. Mary's coach Paul Coughlin. "We came on hard, then we got a little tired and lost our shape a bit."
Then the floodgates opened.
Just three minutes into the second half, Darnall found the back of the net from 10 yards out off a pass from Arne.
Keenan Grant was fouled in the box and converted the penalty kick to increase the Crusaders' advantage to 3-0 in the 53rd minute.
Darnall took a pass from Harrison Leep right at the goal mouth and tapped it in for his second score of the match 12 minutes later.
Mark Raniele and Jesus Aruno completed the scoring for St. Mary's (12-3).
"Davis (Darnall) is playing heads-up soccer," said Coughlin. "He showed good vision of the field and intelligent shot selection."
Western Mennonite was limited to just one shot in each half.
"Most of the action was clearly in their third of the field," said Coughlin. "By all standards it was domination from the get-go. We're pumping on all cylinders. It was one of our better games but there is still more in the tank."
WESTVIEW 2, SOUTH EUGENE 1, SO — At Eugene, Southwest Conference champion South Eugene was defeated in penalty kicks, 5-4, in a second-round game.
ASHLAND 3, WOODBURN 1 — At Ashland, Adam Pavlich scored the go-ahead goal in the 58th minute, Reed Chasmar had two assists and Noah Sohl came up with four saves for host Ashland.
The Grizzlies, the No. 1 seed from the Southern Sky Conference, advance to play Bend on Saturday in a quarterfinal.
The game was tied 1-1 when Chasmar, on a horizontal run, saw Pavlich streaking toward the goal and delivered a perfect pass. Pavlich, who leads the Grizzlies with 10 goals, easily juked past Woodburn goalkeeper Eliseo Centeno to give the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead.
Nine minutes later Chasmar set up another open teammate, this time Ian Murray, who corralled a chipped through ball as Centeno hit the turf. Murray scored into an empty net.
Ashland's Chris Landt scored the first goal of the game in the 14th minute after a shot by Pavlich was deflected in front of the net. Pavlich was credited with the assist.
MADISON 1, CRATER 0, SO — At Central Point, Crater outshot Madison, 16-11, but neither team was able to score in regulation or overtime in a second-round match decided by penalty kicks at Upton Field.
Crater received goals from Matt Crowl, Ben Purtzer, Shane Vanderzwan and Anthony Zamora but came up on the losing end of the shootout, 5-4.
GLENCOE 5, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Hillsboro, Class 5A top-ranked Glencoe knocked Southern Sky No. 3 seed Klamath Union out of the state playoffs in the second round.
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 1, HENLEY 0 — At Brookings, Henley, the Skyline Conference runner-up, held Brookings-Harbor scoreless until late in the second half, but the Bruins netted a goal with seven minutes remaining in the second-round playoff game.