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First-half PK ends Apollo girls season 1-0

Sunset dominates, but cant score in 1-0 loss to Clackamas


CEDAR MILL — The Sunset girls soccer team exorcised one of its main demons a week ago, but found itself tormented by a new one on Saturday.

The 16th-ranked Apollos ousted top-ranked Tualatin — the team that had beaten them in the 2011 state championship game — from the Class 6A playoffs last week, but couldn’t duplicate that success in Saturday’s state quarterfinals.

by: MILES VANCE - GRACEFUL - Sunset senior Mary Grace Roselli flies in for a header during her team's 1-0 quarterfinal loss to Clackamas on Saturday.

Hosting No. 8 Clackamas, the second-place finisher from the Three Rivers League, Sunset dominated play almost start to finish, but gave up a first-half penalty kick and saw that lone goal stand up to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 victory. Sunset, after a third-place finish in the Metro League, ended its season at 8-5-4.

“We obviously had a lot of ups and downs, but we always managed to find a way to come together and turn it around,” said Sunset senior Mary Grace Roselli, one of just five seniors on the Apollos’ roster. “I’m really proud of my team for that.”

“We played our hearts out. It just didn’t come out as we expected,” added junior Elly Williamson.

Clackamas advanced to the state semifinals where it beat TRL foe Lakeridge on penalty kicks on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers came out strong at the start of Saturday’s game at Sunset High School, but the Apollos soon regained their footing and began to control possession after that. Sunset didn’t score, though, and when Clackamas’ Cassie Haehlen was fouled in the Sunset penalty box midway through the half, teammate Samantha Moultrie stepped up to convert the PK for what turned out to be the day’s lone goal.

“It hit us hard, but we just had to go harder and that’s what I think we did,” Williamson said.

With 60 minutes yet to play, Sunset was confident it would rally back to tie the contest. And when Clackamas’ Claudia Flores received a red card with 25 minutes left in the game, the Apollos had a man-up advantage the rest of the way.

None of it mattered, though. While Sunset dominated possession and scoring opportunities, it couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. Williamson came close with 9:30 left in the game, collecting the ball near the top of the Clackamas penalty box and drilling a hard shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and out.

Sunset kept pushing in the remaining minutes and got two free kicks from Adalina Bajrami and a shot on goal by Kasey Stavig in the final 4:20 of the game but could not score.

“It’s unfortunate when a bad call ends a season, but I’m really proud that we played hard ‘til the end,” Roselli said.

“We knew we were the underdogs coming in,” Williamson added. But “I’m just going to remember us pushing through and playing our butts off.”but the Apollos soon regained their footing and began to control possession after that. Sunset didn’t score, though, and when Clackamas’ Cassie Haehlen was fouled in the Sunset penalty box midway through the half, teammate Samantha Moultrie stepped up to convert the PK for the day’s lone goal.

“It hit us hard, but we just had to go harder and that’s what I think we did,” Williamson said.

With 60 minutes yet to play, Sunset was confident it would rally back to tie the contest. And when Clackamas’ Claudia Flores received a red card with 25 minutes left in the game, the Apollos had a man-up advantage the rest of the way.

None of it mattered, though. While Sunset dominated possession and scoring opportunities, it couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. Williamson came close with 9:30 left in the game, collecting the ball near the top of the Clackamas penalty box and drilling a hard shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and out.

Sunset kept pushing in the remaining minutes and got two free kicks from Adalina Bajrami and a shot on goal by Kasey Stavig in the final 4:20 of the game, but again could not score.

“It’s unfortunate when a bad call ends a season, but I’m really proud that we played hard ‘til the end,” Roselli said.

“We knew we were the underdogs coming in,” Williamson added. But “I’m just going to remember us pushing through and playing our butts off.”

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.



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