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Sunset puts an end to Jesuits long unbeaten streak

The Apollos beat Jesuit 2-0 and end Jesuit's 42-game unbeaten streak
by: WADE OWENS BIG SCORE — Sunset’s Alicia Alarcon (right) breaks into a smile after scoring her team’s second goal in the Apollos’ 2-0 win over Jesuit on Oct. 13.

CEDAR MILL - This one was special.

The Sunset girls soccer team, battling its way toward the top of the Metro League standings, took a huge step on that journey on Oct. 13, beating defending Metro and Class 6A state champion Jesuit 2-0 at Sunset High School.

The win - along with a 3-0 victory over Beaverton on Monday - lifted Sunset's Metro League record to 5-1-1 (8-1-1), moved them into a first-place tie with the Crusaders (5-1-1 in league, 9-1-1 overall), and in the process, snapped Jesuit's 42-game unbeaten streak. Jesuit's unbeaten streak included two league championships, the 2010 Class 6A state title and stretched all the way back to 2009. Its last loss was a 2-0 defeat to Westview on Sept. 24, 2009.

'We were not aware of (Jesuit's) record, but we knew going in that Sunset has not beaten Jesuit since the early 2000's,' said Sunset coach Ben Durano. 'We've tied them a few times, but it's been awhile since we've won.

'I told the girls before the game that this, essentially, is the finals, and if we pulled it off, it keeps us on track for our goal of continuing to improve our game as we head into the playoffs.'

'It was certainly a disappointing loss,' said Jesuit coach Steve Fennah. 'But give Sunset credit. They came out and competed very hard.'

The Apollos' win came courtesy of one Sunset goal in each half, the first of those at the 25-minute mark when Mary Grace Roselli crossed ball to Ely Williamson on the weak side. Williamson beat Jesuit sweeper Lexie Fry to the ball, then slotted a low shot to the near post to make it 1-0.

Jesuit keeper Kat Ascher

did her level best to keep the Apollos at bay after that, however, turning away chances by Alarcon, Roselli and Williamson to keep her team's deficit at just 1-0 until well into the second period.

But there, with 13 minutes left to play, Sunset's Grace Mettler sent a through ball to Alarcon, who stripped it away from a Jesuit defender at midfield. Alarcon did the rest from 18 yards out, striking a solid shot past the charging Jesuit keeper and into the net for the final 2-0 margin.

'We felt that if we could apply pressure on the Jesuit back line, we could create opportunities for ourselves,' Durano explained. 'The change in tactics produced a significant amount of offensive pressure on Jesuit and produced two goals.'

Apollo keeper Taylor Luty played a big part in the shutout too, notably stopping a point-blank shot by Jesuit's Maddie Kincaid in the game's final 10 minutes to preserve the Apollos' shutout.

'Our defense was also very solid and our goalie, Taylor Luty, thwarted several Jesuit attacks, especially in the second half,' Durano said.

Now, the Apollos can set their sights on continuing the strong play that led to the victory over Jesuit, and try to finish their 2011 campaign with even more success.

'They knew that if they wanted any piece of a championship, they would have to go through Jesuit, and beating them last Thursday is a step in that direction,' Durano said.

'The girls are always aware of the pressure on them here and the win streak,' Fennah added. 'It was a bit of a jolt, a shakeup, but hopefully, it will lead to better things.'