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Eagles edge Challengers in opener

PORTLAND — Cascade Christian’s girls soccer team got nearly all it wanted out of Friday’s season opener at perennial Class 3A/2A/1A powerhouse Catlin Gabel, save for a road victory.

The Challengers held a 1-0 advantage through the bulk of play in opening the 2017 campaign but a pair of late goals propelled the Eagles to a 2-1 victory.

“It was a very high-competitive game,” said Cascade Christian head coach Mick Power. “It was a joy to watch. They just kicked us out in the last couple minutes. It was a very successful game as far as I’m concerned.”

The Challengers (0-1) went ahead in the sixth minute on a goal by Bryton Plankenhorn.

“It was a beautiful solo effort,” said Power. “The keeper came out at her and she just spotted it underneath.”

That score held up through halftime but Catlin Gabel (1-0) was able to even the score in the 67th minute on an own goal after a corner kick ricocheted off Challengers standout Emily Stephens and into the goal.

In the 71st minute, Sophie Adler tallied the go-ahead goal for the Eagles after running onto a through ball and placing a perfect shot just beyond the reach of goalkeeper Audrey Quast, who had six saves overall.

“Audrey Quast in goal had a superb game,” noted Power. “She was outstanding.”