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St. Mary’s girls surge into semifinals

SALEM — It took a while for the St. Mary’s girls soccer team to find its footing, quite literally, Saturday but once the Crusaders did, they never looked back in a Class 3A/2A/1A state quarterfinal match at Blanchet Catholic.

St. Mary’s scored unanswered goals by Emily Elmore, Sara Klott and Gabi Castillo in the second half to win going away, 3-1, over the host Cavaliers under wet, slippery conditions.

With the win, the Crusaders (14-2-1) advance to the semifinal round and will face a familiar foe in Oregon Episcopal, which was a 4-0 winner over Pleasant Hill on Saturday. St. Mary’s and the Aardvarks (14-2) will meet in the semis for the fifth time in six years, with OES having won the last three meetings.

“We’ll look forward to getting back to what seems like our home field away from our home field,” St. Mary’s head coach Dave Potter said in tongue-in-cheek fashion of the all-too-familiar OES confines. “It’s always a good game and always a good match with Oregon Episcopal.”

Blanchet Catholic (13-2-1) opened the scoring in the 46th minute when Emily Collier found Brianna Anaya across the goal mouth for a close-range goal.

“That kind of loosened things up,” said Potter. “It was one of those matches where neither team could score and they broke the ice and we responded.”

Thirty seconds later, Ellie Hough cut a pass across the box that rattled around a pack of players before finding its way to Elmore, who punched it in from 6 yards out.

St. Mary’s scored the go-ahead goal in similar fashion in the 67th minute when Anna Peterson and Castillo combined to get the ball to Klott, who made a couple touches into the top of the box and scored inside the far post.

In the 76th minute, Hough sent a direct kick to Ibixia Alvarez, who cut in an airborne pass to Castillo that was promptly deposited into the net on a header.

St. Mary’s goalkeeper Emily Riehlman came up with several clutch saves over the final four minutes to preserve the advantage, and was assisted well on the defensive end by Sabrina Miller, Maddie Wheelock and Meghan Michels.

CATLIN GABEL 5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: At Portland, second-seeded Catlin Gabel scored twice in the opening four minutes and took a 4-0 lead into halftime to deny No. 10 Cascade Christian a second straight trip to the Class 3A/2A/1A state semifinals.

Hayle Meyerhoff scored in the second minute on a 25-yard effort and Etienne Oliver followed two minutes later to set the tone for Catlin Gabel (13-2-1). Maya Fernandez-Powell and Allie Dunnaville scored in the 25th and 26th minutes, respectively. Fernandez-Powell capped the scoring on a direct free kick in the 64th minute.

Freshman goalkeeper Audrey Quast made a handful of tough saves to boost the effort by Cascade Christian (10-7), while sophomore Baylee Plankenhorn spirited the back line of defense and junior Erika Worthington was key in the midfield for the injury-plagued Challengers.


ASHLAND PLACES SIXTH: At Hillsboro, Ashland claimed sixth place in the Class 5A state tournament at Liberty High thanks to a determined effort in the consolation semifinals.

The seventh-seeded Grizzlies (23-9) edged No. 11 Silverton, 25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 15-25, 15-11, in the consolation semifinals before falling to Marist, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12, in the fourth-place final.

Ashland senior Ellie Case was named to the all-tournament second team for her efforts.

GLIDE 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: At Forest Grove, Cascade Christian’s season came to a close with a 25-22, 26-24, 25-23 loss in the consolation semifinals at the Class 3A state tournament.

Caroline McMahon had nine kills and Claire Hawkins eight kills for the Challengers (23-4). Alyssa Brown recorded 22 assists and Aubrey Kievit 17 digs and three aces against the Wildcats (19-7), who went on to place sixth.