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Metro champ Crusaders thinking big after two wins


Jesuit rolls past both Century and David Douglas in style

Two rounds into the Class 6A state playoffs, the Jesuit boys soccer team is exactly where it wants to be.

First off, the Crusaders are headed to the state quarterfinals — they’ll host Central Catholic at noon Saturday — but perhaps even more importantly, it looks like they may be playing their best soccer of the year. They certainly made a case for that on Tuesday, blasting David Douglas 7-0 to follow up on their 5-0 win over Century on Saturday. The wins lifted No. 3 Jesuit to 14-1-1.

by: MILES VANCE - SCORING MACHINE - Jesuit's Henry Rocker signals the Crusader crowd after scoring one of his three goals during Jesuit's 7-0 home win over David Douglas on Tuesday.

“Tonight, we decided that this was a game where if we lose we’re done, so we decided to come out here and put it all out there,” said senior Shane Richards. We decided to “play for the seniors, play for everyone ... so we put it all out there.”

“We had a slow start last Saturday, so our goal tonight was to come out right from the start and go right at it,” added forward Henry Rocker, who had three goals against David Douglas.

Jesuit 7, David Douglas 0

BEAVERTON — The 14th-ranked Scots (7-4-4), second in the Mt. Hood Conference, entered Tuesday fresh off their Saturday win vs. Southridge, but Jesuit made sure it would not fall victim the same way.

Tyler Street started Jesuit’s scoring parade 10:18 into the game when he made a sliding kick at the right post off a Matt Nachreiner cross for a 1-0 lead. Rocker came through with his first score 15 minutes later when he flicked a header backward toward the goal off a Charlie Chimento pass. Scots’ keeper Oscar Torres-Rodriguez caught the ball but couldn’t hold it, and it dropped behind him and rolled into the goal to make it 2-0.

The goals came fast and furious after that, with Rocker scoring again a minute later, this time at the right post after Jesuit keeper John Melito sent a long free kick into the David Douglas box that bounced over one defender and off the post before Rocker knocked in the rebound. Christo Michaelson came through next when he deflected a Nachreiner throw-in into goal at the left post 3:24 before the half, and Rocker scored again with 2:11 to go, this time on a header at the left post after a Nachreiner throw-in.

“When you come out, you’ve got to score,” Rocker said. “You’ve got to put your chances away.”

In the second half, Spencer Scott scored both his team’s goals, the first on a blast from 25 yards out in the middle with 17:07 to go, and the second off a cross from the right corner by Sean Justus with 5:41 left.

Jesuit 5, Century 0

BEAVERTON — After eight days of practice leading into its Saturday playoff opener, Jesuit felt, frankly, a little rusty.

But the Crusaders got over it quickly enough.

Jesuit got first-half goals from Michaelson and Nachreiner, then added two by Michaelson and one by Rocker in the second half for the final 5-0 margin.

“We definitely started off pretty slow, but this week was all about preparation and we just wanted to get the win,” said senior midfielder Joel Schierman.

“We definitely didn’t underestimate Century, but I thought we started out really slow,” said Michaelson, who recorded his first hat trick of the year in the win. “I think we know what we want and we know our competition will be tough next game.”

Century, 30th-ranked, ended at 3-8-5 after finishing eighth in the Pacific Conference.

To see a complete photo gallery from these games, please go to www.milesvance.exposuremanager.com.