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Apollos master PKs again, head to quarterfinals

Sunset edges Beaverton 5-4 in PKs on Tuesday night


CEDAR MILL — This one was a classic.

The Sunset and Beaverton boys soccer teams decided they needed one more meeting in 2012 to settle their differences, and this time, that meeting took place in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Sunset High School.

by: MILES VANCE - BATTLE BALL - Sunset's Mason Crow (center) flies between Beaverton's Ian Coleman (left) and Abel Guzman during his team's 2-1 victory over the Beavers in penalty kicks in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Sunset on Tuesday.

And then they decided they needed an extra 20 minutes and penalty kicks to decide the thing, the Apollos eventually winning 2-1 after posting a 5-4 edge in PKs. The win lifted 15th-ranked Sunset’s record to 9-3-4 and sends Sunset on to the state quarterfinals where they’ll play at No. 10 South Eugene, the District 1 champion, at 1 p.m. Saturday. Beaverton ended its year at 4-11-2.

“We knew coming in having beaten them twice that they were going to be fired up, and they were,” said Sunset senior Louis Tanguy, who converted the clinching penalty kick at the night’s end. “But we definitely have the team to go and win it all.”

“That’s this team; in hard occasions, that’s when we deliver,” said Sunset senior keeper Bernardo Palma, who stopped Beaverton’s fifth try in PKs. “That’s when we’re calm.”

For their part, the Beavers were proud of their efforts and of how they finished their up and down season with two playoff wins and Tuesday’s strong performance.

“It was a long road. It’s been a long road this season, but we fought hard, we came back, we left it on the field,” said Beaverton junior Nico Maier. “It just didn’t go our way today.”

The Apollos grabbed a 1-0 lead in Tuesday’s first half on a goal by Henry King, and for a long time — a very long time — it looked like Sunset would make that score stand up.

But 31st-ranked Beaverton, the Metro’s fifth-place team, kept battling, and finally got the break it needed with 11:35 left to play in the second half. There, the Beavers sent a long kick into the Apollo penalty box that bounced over one defender and drew Palma out of goal. The ball was then deflected past Palma to Beaverton’s Ian Coleman who touched it into center of the open net to tie the game 1-1.

In overtime, the Apollos outshot the Beavers 5-0, but Beaverton keeper Dyllon Carlson made a diving stop to his right on a shot by Sunset’s Joe Decesaro to send the game to PKs at 1-1.

In the penalty round, Sunset got consecutive successful shots from Chris Laidlaw, Andrew Dorn, King and Peter Cooper, while the Beavers got “makes” from Seth Temple, Coleman and Luke Brocker to put Sunset ahead 4-3.

Beaverton’s Diego Ramirez stepped up next and drove a hard low shot to the center-left section of the goal, but Palma sprang to his right and dropped on it for a save, and Tanguy stepped up moments later to drill the game-winner into the right corner of the net.

“The last round really helped us get into it and we were 100 percent on PKs. Not many teams can say that,” Tanguy said. “I’m proud of our accomplishments and how calm we were in Pks.”

“For me, I was calm. I knew in my head I could save one,” Palma said. “In that situation, you just have to be calm.”

“We had some bumps but we recovered pretty well and we made very far in playoffs and we’re satisfied,” Maier added. “We pushed it as far as we could and I couldn’t be more happy with our season.”

Sunset 2, Sheldon 1 (4-2 PKs)

CEDAR MILL — Sunset did just about everything right in its Saturday state playoff opener.

Nonetheless, the Apollos found themselves staring down a penalty-kick shootout against Sheldon in a game they had absolutely dominated. Sunset didn’t blink, however, got a great performance from Palma and won 4-2 in PKs to advance.

“It was one of those games where, despite the number of shots on goal, it just seemed destined to go to a shootout,” said Sunset coach Tor Southard. “We dominated in time of possession, shots on goal and corner kicks, but still had to take it down to the wire.”

Indeed, the 15th-ranked Apollos had to work for it against the Irish. No. 18 Sheldon, the fifth-place team from Special District 1, grabbed a 1-0 lead just 7:52 into the contest when a long throw-in bounced past one Sunset defender, and Sheldon senior wing Aaron Collver ran onto the ball near the right post and deflected it past Palma into the goal.

Sunset answered just 1:02 later and tied the score at 1-1 when freshman midfielder Lewis Coates volleyed home a cross from King at the right post.

But there, at 1-1, is where the score stayed for the next 81 minutes, until Palma and the Sunset shooters in the PK round finally lifted the team to victory.

“Palma was fantastic throughout the night, coming up with big saves in regulation and eventually, the penalty kick shootout,” Southard said.

Beaverton 3, North Medford 1

MEDFORD — The best remedy for a five-hour bus ride, the Beaverton boys soccer team decided, was to make the trip back home a happy one.

The Beavers, fresh off their 6A Play-In win four days earlier, made it two straight in Saturday’s first round of the Class 6A state playoffs, knocking off Southern Oregon Conference champion North Medford 3-1 at US Cellular Sports Park. The No. 2 Black Tornado lost for the first time and ended its year at 12-1-1.

“The boys played well and the pieces are continuing to come together,” said Beaverton coach Ryan Youngblood. “I was very happy with the intensity the boys came with, especially after a 5-1/2 hour bus ride.”

The Black Tornado grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first half when Austin Schoenmann scored in a jumble of players near the Beaverton goal following a throw-in.

But Beaverton rallied with three unanswered goals in the second half, the first of those by Coleman off an assist by Ramirez, the game-winner an Abel Guzman header that he flicked in with his head following a long throw-in, and the insurance goal coming from Coleman off a header.

“It was a team effort, and hopefully, that can continue,” Youngblood added.

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



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