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Sunset rolls in playoffs

The top-ranked Apollos win twice to advance to the state quarterfinals
by: Miles Vance IN THE MIDDLE – Sunset senior forward Justin Ko makes a header during his team’s 3-0 win over McKay in Class 6A state playoff action on Tuesday at Sunset.

It was just another day at the office for the Sunset boys soccer team.

Another day, another playoff win.

The Metro League champion Apollos improved to 13-2-1 on Tuesday after beating McKay 3-0 at Sunset High School in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Sunset now advances to the state quarterfinals, where the Apollos will play at McMinnville at 7 p.m. The Grizzlies (13-2-1) are champions of the Pacific Conference.

'They're a really good team, and they've got to be hungry after losing to Beaverton in the first round of the playoffs last year,' said Sunset coach Joe Wentworth. 'It will be a good match-up.'

Sunset 3, McKay 0

CEDAR MILL - It took the Apollos a little while to get going on Tuesday, but when they did, the Scots simply had no answer.

Sunset got what turned out to be the game-winning goal with 14 minutes, 34 seconds to go in the first half when senior defender Gus Schweinfurth sent a free kick into the McKay penalty box from 30 yards out. Senior forward Paco Thomas went up in a crowd of players, got his head on the ball and scored at the near post to make it 1-0.

The Apollos made it 2-0 with 6:06 left in the half when Thomas took the ball into the left corner, then crossed it to junior Henry King in front of the McKay goal and he drove it home from 10 yards out.

Junior Oliver King added Sunset's third goal 10 minutes into the second half, and while the Apollos hit the post five other times in the game, they wouldn't score again.

'We passed the ball well and did what we wanted to do,' Wentworth said. 'And I thought our defense really stood out. We played with a lot of energy.'

Sunset 4, Sheldon 1

CEDAR MILL - Sunset did what it needed to do.

The Apollos, who won their school's first Metro soccer title since 1991 this year, kicked off the state playoffs on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Sheldon at Sunset High School.

While the Apollos won easily against the Irish - they led 3-0 at the half thanks to three Thomas goals - they weren't 100 percent satisfied with their effort after letting off the accelerator at least a little in the final 40 minutes.

'The first half, we came out on our game and we really possessed the ball and we probably had it in their end 90 percent of the time,' Wentworth said. But in the second half, 'Sheldon played really hard. A lot of teams would have folded down 3-0.'

Wentworth 'told us we've got to play as a team, do everything right,' Thomas said. 'If we're up, don't make the little mistakes that bring you down.'

That said, the Apollos were on fire in the first half, with Thomas getting his first goal midway through the period, then adding his next two scores in the ensuing 10 minutes.

'I was getting the ball in good spots,' Thomas said. Jordan White 'knows where I like the ball so he's been giving me good (passes) and we've been doing work. We play for each other.'

'We're a momentum team. We keep scoring, keep going with the momentum,' added White, a senior team captain. 'But I think the biggest factor is we don't want to lose.'

Sheldon got its goal on a penalty kick by Calvyn Villarino with 15:32 left to play, but Sunset responded with 5:14 to go when junior Louis Tanguy flicked in a header at the left post.

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