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Healthy Crusader girls ready to make a run


Jesuit rolls past Grants Pass and Central Catholic at state

BEAVERTON — The Jesuit girls soccer team knew there would be tests during its run through the Class 6A state playoffs, but so far, the Crusaders have passed them all with flying colors.

by: MILES VANCE - ON THE RUN - Jesuit junior Molly Petrusich beats Sarah Lance tof Central Catholic o the ball during the Crusaders 3-0 home win in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Tuesday.

Metro League champion Jesuit, the sixth-ranked team in the state, made it two straight on Tuesday night, shutting out Central Catholic 3-0 at Jesuit High School in the second round of the playoffs. The win lifted the Crusaders’ season record to 12-1-3 and sent the team into a berth in Saturday’s 6A quarterfinals; there, Jesuit will play Thurston at 32nd Street Park in Springfield at 1 p.m. The third-ranked Colts were champions of Special District 1 and carry a 14-0-1 record.

In its win over Central Catholic, Jesuit took a 1-0 lead in the first half when the Crusaders were awarded a penalty kick just 3:23 into the contest and junior Molly Petrusich converted the shot for a 1-0 lead.

The Crusaders had some other strong chances in the first half, notably a Danielle Brown shot off the left post 10 minutes into the game, and a Petrusich shot that missed just left with Rams’ keeper Kate Schlegal charging out to defend with 4:30 left in the opening half.

Jesuit added the insurance goals it wanted in the second half, both of them coming courtesy of sophomore forward Simone Herzberg. Herzberg made it 2-0 off a Maddie Kincaid assist 28 minutes into the second half, then duplicated that effort just four minutes later, again on an assist from Kincaid.

Central Catholic, the Mt. Hood champ and 11th-ranked team in the state, ended its year at 13-3.

Jesuit 6, Grants Pass 0

BEAVERTON — It’s a little frightening to think of what a healthy Jesuit girls soccer team might be able to do.

Grants Pass got a first-hand look at the newly-healthy Crusaders on Saturday and didn’t like it very much, falling 6-0 at Jesuit High School in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

Jesuit got two goals and two assists from senior forward Lexie Krueger in the win, and two assists each from seniors Shanna Lechelt and Maddy Gram to overwhelm the Lady Cavers. The 27th-ranked Cavers, the fourth-place team from the Southern Oregon Conference, ended their year at 5-7-4.

It was a “good controlled performance with the whole squad available to play for the first time this year,” said Jesuit coach Steve Fennah.

Krueger got things started off a Lechelt assist just 3:10 in to the game, and Jesuit added a spate of three goals in just 5:26 midway through the half. Krueger scored off a Gram pass at the left post to make it 2-0, Kincaid headed home a Gram cross to make it 3-0, and Danielle Brown connected following a Jesuit corner kick to make it 4-0 at the half.

“The team did well and got a nice string of goals midway through first half,” Fennah said.

Jessica Bramlett and Herzberg added their team’s two second-half scores, Bramlett connecting off a Krueger pass just 1:30 into the final period while Herzberg’s goal came via a Mika Chesnutt pass in the final five minutes of the game.

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