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Cruising into the quarterfinals

Jesuit rips Pacers, edges Spartans, moves into 6A state quarterfinal round
by: Vern Uyetake GOOAALLL — Jesuit’s Christo Michaelson (center) is congratulated after scoring against Lake Oswego on Saturday.

It's all about survival in the state playoffs, and while the Jesuit boys soccer team didn't hit any high notes on Tuesday, it did survive and advance.

Jesuit, the third-place team from the Metro League and reigning state champion, opened the second season with a 7-2 win over Lakeridge on Saturday, then squeaked by Hillsboro in Tuesday's second 6A playoff round.

We won '3-2, but didn't play particularly well overall,' admitted Jesuit coach Chris Thurley.

Still, that win helped Jesuit advance to the state quarterfinals. There, Jesuit will play at Lake Oswego at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Lakers (8-3-5) are the third-place finisher from the Three Rivers League.

Jesuit 3, Hillsboro 2

BEAVERTON - Maybe it was the rain, maybe it was Hillsboro, or maybe it was just one of those days, but for whatever reason, Jesuit wasn't quite 'on' in its Tuesday win.

But the Crusaders did enough to win, survived and advanced to a berth in Saturday's quarterfinals.

'The rainy conditions made the game tough for both teams, and the ball skidded around a lot,' Thurley said. 'Not a pretty game to watch, but an excited and noisy crowd made the atmosphere great.'

The Spartans (9-4-3), the third-place finishers from the Pacific Conference, got the game's first goal midway through the opening half, but Jesuit answered with a score from sophomore Ulyl Acevedo 10 minutes later, then added a goal by fellow sophomore Christo Michaelson 12 minutes before halftime to lead 2-1 at the break.

Hillsboro got the equalizer with 19 minutes left in the game, but Jesuit just kept playing, just kept attacking and got the game winner from Antonio Porreco with just one minute left in regulation, sending the Crusader crowd into a frenzy.

'I'd guess the crowd was about 400 people,' Thurley said. 'That's why high school is so great.'

Sophomore Chris Chertude had two assists in the game, while senior Keenan DePinna had the other.

Jesuit 7, Lakeridge 2

BEAVERTON - It's playoff time, and nobody knows how to handle their business better there than Jesuit.

The Crusaders proved that in their state playoff opener on Saturday, smashing Lakeridge 7-2 at Jesuit.

'All in all, it was a pleasant departure from the always tough Metro League,' Thurley said.

The Crusaders raced out to a 4-1 halftime lead, then stretched that edge to 7-2 by game's end, getting two goals from dePinna, and one each by Chertude, Matt Nachreiner, Michaelson, Charlie Chimento and Brian DeGrandmont.

For the game, dePinna had two assists while Chertude handed out three more as Jesuit outshot Lakeridge 18-3 overall.

Lakeridge, the fifth-place team from the Three Rivers League, finished at 4-8-3.