Defense shines for Clackamas
Moultrie scores in a 1-0 win over LO
Just like they've done all season, the Clackamas Cavaliers rallied around their defense to drop Lake Oswego 1-0 in their final girls soccer game of the regular season, played Oct. 26 at Clackamas.
The win gained the 2011 Three Rivers League champion Cavaliers an 8-1-1 record on the league season and an overall record of 8-4-1. They finished three wins up on second-place Lakeridge (5-4-1) in league.
The Cavaliers have had a lot of close games in league, with only two of their eight league wins by more than a one-goal margin.
It wasn't that the Cavaliers didn't have their opportunities in last week's league final with Lake Oswego. They had 15 shots on frame, while Clackamas freshman goalie Jade Haehlen had to make only three saves.
Sam Moultrie, Marissa Sandgren and Maddie Chase had 10 shots on-frame between them.
Moultrie found the net with 15 minutes to play to earn the Cavaliers the win.
Clackamas coach Aimee Mansoor praised Chase for 'a great game in defense.'
She also commended Sarah Jones, Summer Mohr and Kaitlyn Reiner for their efforts at the defensive end.
'It's been a good season and we are ready to head into the playoffs,' said Mansoor. 'We don't know who our first opponent is, but the girls are training hard, getting prepared. We're excited for what's to come.'
Ranked 11th in the state, the Cavaliers will likely have a home game in their playoff opener, which is scheduled for Saturday.
A year ago Clackamas advanced all the way to the Class 6A semifinals, after finishing back of West Linn and Lakeridge in league.
Oregon City girls tied cross-river rival West Linn 2-2 in last week's league final. It was the second time this season the two teams had battled to a draw.
Oregon City goals were scored by Destiny Moody and Natalie Clegg. Lauren Thompson assisted on Moody's goal. Clegg scored unassisted early in the second half to knot the score at 2-2.
'It was a great second half by the Pioneers,' said Oregon City coach Tina Boyd. 'They really came together as a team and are improving with every game. Kudos to Mikayla Friend and our defense for not allowing a goal in the second half.'
Oregon City finished the regular season with a record of 4-6-3 (2-5-3 in league).
Ranked 29th, the Pioneers were to play 32nd-ranked Gresham (4-8-2) in the Nov. 1 play-in round.
slip at LO
Clackamas boys stumbled in last week's TRL final, losing 2-1 at Lake Oswego.
The Cavaliers (6-3-1) finished tied with the Lakers (5-1-4) in second place in the TRL standings, back of 2011 league champion West Linn (7-2-1).
Clackamas coach Anthony Trejo commented: 'It was a rough game to finish out on the road. We turned the ball over twice in our own defensive third and Lake Oswego capitalized on both chances. They are too good of a team to be careless with the ball.'
Ranked 27th in the state, the Cavaliers will begin state playoff action this Saturday against a yet-to-be determined opponent. They were to play a practice game with 17th-ranked Lincoln (4-5-4) on Oct. 31.
Trejo said, 'We'll treat the next eight days like any other week - get some rest, practice hard, and get ready to be the scariest 27th-ranked team to ever enter the playoffs.'