Prep roundup: Cascade Christian caps unbeaten league season
Cascade Christian built a comfortable first-half lead and defeated Rogue Valley Adventist, 4-2, in boys soccer action Friday at U.S. Cellular Community Park to claim the District 5 crown.
The Challengers, in their first season under coach Javier De La Mora, finished the regular season with an 8-1 record overall and 7-0 in District 5.
In the Season 2 culminating week next week, Cascade Christian opens the playoffs — District 5 versus District 2 — with a quarterfinal game against Dayton at 6 p.m. Monday in Pleasant Hill. Dayton is the third-place team in District 2.
Cascade Christian opened a 4-1 halftime lead on RVA (1-5-1).
Freshman Michael Melvin kicked off the scoring for the Challengers in the 10th minute, taking a pass from senior Jonny McCoy and connecting from about 18 yards out into the upper left corner of the goal.
The Red Tail Hawks tied it two minutes later, then two minutes after that, Cascade Christian senior Levi Sciapiti beat a defender to make it 2-1.
In the 30th minute, senior Levi Marincus volleyed a shot that was deflected by the RVA keeper, then gathered the carom and made a follow shot.
McCoy and Melvin reversed roles in the 39th minute, with the former scoring off a cross by the latter.
RVA’s final score came on a long shot in the second half.
The Challengers out-shot the Red Tail Hawks, 16-4.
RVA FALLS IN FINAL: At Silver Lake, Rogue Valley Adventist saw its spring season come to an end with a loss in straight sets to Central Christian, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19, in the championship match of the Mountain Valley League Tournament at North Lake High school.
RVA (12-3), which lost a coin toss and was awarded the No. 2 seed, beat Hosanna-Triad in three sets, 25-14, 25-9, 25-11, to reach the final.
Sophomore Emma Bischoff had eight kills and six blocks against Central Christian (14-2), while fellow sophomores Destinee Quattrocelli recorded nine assists in both matches and Isabell Zamora added three kills.
In the semifinal match, Bischoff had 10 kills and seven aces, while sophomore Michaela Porter added five digs.