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Beavers push Irish in soccer loss

Beaverton leads Sheldon 1-0 at halftime, but falls to the Irish on Saturday

EUGENE - The Beavers showed they belonged.

The Beaverton girls soccer team, relegated to fifth place in the tough-as-nails Metro League, won their way into the Class 6A state playoffs by routing Hillsboro 4-0 in its 6A Play-In game, then very nearly knocked off Sheldon in Saturday's first round before finally falling short 2-1.

The Beavers, ranked 18th in the state, took a 1-0 lead 33 minutes into the game when senior Erin Saxton sent a corner kick into the Irish penalty box and sophomore teammate Kelly Priest was there to knock it home.

Beaverton carried that 1-0 margin into the half, but Sheldon came out aggressive in the second half, attacking the flank of Beaverton's defense and tied the game at 1-1 with a shot from top of the box.

Sheldon then got the game winner with a cross and finish with about 12 minutes left to play.

Beaverton finished its season at 6-8-2, while the 15th-ranked Irish, the third-place team out of Special District 1, improved to 10-2-2.