Also: Glad guys stop Estacada
MILWAUKIE - La Salle's third-ranked boys soccer team last clinched at least a tie for their 13th league title in 14 seasons.
The Falcons improved to 9-0-2 in Capital Conference play with only an Oct. 23 game with Gladstone (6-3-1) remaining.
Stayton (8-1-2) was in second place, with a game remaining with Estacada (2-7-1).
The Falcons went head-to-head with Stayton last week, and dealt the Eagles their only league loss.
The Falcons rallied around senior midfielder Andrew Schroeder to put the Eagles away. Schroeder scored three first-half goals in a 4-2 victory. Sophomore Bobby Ragasa added an insurance tally.
'In the first half, we played awesome!' said La Salle coach Karl Moffitt. 'They were passing the ball around, playing one-touch, two-touch. Playing the ball on the ground and playing with a lot of intensity.'
Moffitt said of his charges' success in earning a repeat league championship:
'In my eyes, this is a much greater achievement [than last year], because they've done it with such a young team.'
Schroeder and central defender Luke Christiansen were the only seniors that started for La Salle in the showdown with Stayton.
In last week's other game, freshman Ben Strier turned a hat trick in a 6-0 shutout of Molalla. Schroeder scored twice, and Gabe Mickola added the sixth tally.
It was the sixth shutout of the season for the Falcons.
La Salle will begin Class 4A state playoff action on Tuesday, Nov. 7, when the Falcons host the winner of a contest between the Greater Oregon Conference runner-up and the third-place team from the Cowapa Conference.
Glads blank Rangers
Gladstone boys struggled to find the net, but came away with a 1-0 win over Estacada in their only game last week.
Jason Southmayd scored unassisted late in the first half for the game's only goal.
It was the sixth shutout of the season for Gladstone senior keeper David Guadarrama.
The Glads conclude league regular-season play today at North Marion (3-5-2).
Gladstone will host a league playoff game next Tuesday, with the winner advancing to postseason play as the Capital Conference's No. 3 representative. The conference's No. 3 representative will meet the Skyline Conference runner-up on the road in a Nov. 4 Class 4A state playoff opener.