Generals rev it up, reach quarterfinals
About 100 Grant students rushed across Strasser Field for the second time in five days Tuesday after the Generals won another state playoff soccer game.
Junior Lauren Miller's goal in the 44th minute off a defensive mistake gave Grant a 1-0 victory over neighborhood rival Central Catholic before a crowd of 750.
Grant will play at Sheldon of Eugene in Saturday's quarterfinals.
'We all wanted this win so very badly,' Grant senior goalie Lisa Wagner said. 'We were so revved up for this game. We just don't want our playoff run to end.
'We're so happy with our fans. We couldn't do this without them.'
Central Catholic got off several shots at Wagner, and one Ram dribbled around her at the edge of the penalty box in the second half. But Grant defenders were always nearby to defend the goal, and Wagner played a strong game.
'I knew my defense would be there for me,' Wagner said. 'I never thought they would score.'
Lincoln moved into the quarterfinals for the second straight year with a late rally against Oregon City, beating the Pioneers 2-1 with two goals in the last 10 minutes.
Lincoln will play at South Eugene on Saturday.
Defending state champion Jesuit beat Tigard 2-1 and advanced to play Lakeridge, a 9-0 victor over Redmond, on Saturday.
In boys soccer, senior A.J. Carboneau's goal in the sixth minute gave Central Catholic a 1-0 victory over Woodburn, advancing the champions of the Mount Hood Conference to the quarterfinals. The Rams will play at South Medford on Saturday.
Carboneau, who missed the playoffs last year because of a broken arm, has scored 24 goals this season.
Centennial, which finished second in the Mount Hood, also qualified for the quarterfinals by beating McMinnville 2-1. Centennial plays at South Eugene on Saturday.
Jesuit survived a penalty kick shootout with South Salem and will play host to Hood River on Saturday.
Marshall coach Bob Jacobs says his team could use a little rain before its 1 p.m. Saturday playoff game with Willamette of Eugene. Willamette has plenty of speed, while the Minutemen are more of a power team.
'A muddy field would be a great equalizer,' Jacobs says.
Marshall quarterback Jarrod Grahn got hurt in last week's win over Madison and hasn't practiced this week. Brandon Pietrzyk, Marshall's top receiver, is his backup.
Grant brought in temporary lights at Grant Park so the players could practice longer. Running back Aaron Dickson says the Generals (5-4) match up well with their first-round opponent, David Douglas (6-3), because Grant has speedy defensive backs.
'We have a lot of confidence right now,' Dickson says. 'We finished last year with four straight wins, and that success is carrying over to this year.'
David Douglas QB Kyle Bennett, who threw for 2,200 yards and 23 touchdowns, has been working out with former Scots QB Juston Wood, who spent part of the summer in the Minnesota Vikings' training camp.
Coach Dan Wood says that although all four Mount Hood playoff teams have at least three losses, the conference could be a surprise today.
'Two of our losses were to Roseburg, which finished second in the Southern Oregon Conference, and Wilson, which won the PIL,' Wood says. 'And we were leading Roseburg at halftime.'
In other first-round games involving Mount Hood schools today, Centennial is at Wilson, Reynolds plays at Lakeridge and Barlow will be at Marshfield of Coos Bay.
Jesuit begins its playoff run with a home game against Newberg. Jesuit's two losses this season were to No. 3 North Medford in the opener and to No. 6 Beaverton.
The Police Athletic League football finals for middle school teams are set for Saturday and Sunday at Lincoln's Mike Walsh Field. The combined seventh- and eighth-grade teams from the Franklin area are set to play Whitaker Middle School at 4 p.m. for the championship. Jefferson meets the ICP Panthers at noon in the third-place game. In the fifth- and sixth-grade final, ICP plays Roosevelt at 2 p.m. Jefferson plays Whitaker in the third-place game at 10 a.m. É Benson, Jefferson and Lincoln are in the 16-team Les Schwab Invitational. Last year, only Jefferson was invited. Other invited teams include Aloha, Hillsboro, Jesuit, Sunset and Redmond, which won the state title in March. É The St. Johns Soccer Club has scheduled a tryout for noon Nov. 16 at Columbia Park. The club hopes to attract enough players for two teams, with players paying about $100 for the season. For more information, call 503-672-9264. É The 2004 Portland to Coast high school challenge, sponsored by Nationwide Insurance, is accepting entries for teams of 12 runners, who will run legs from Portland to Seaside on Aug. 27-28. Registration is capped at 50 teams. For more information, visit www.hoodtocoast.com.