LOs start ends it for Crusaders
Lake Oswego scores three times in the first half and wins by 4-1
LAKE OSWEGO - The Jesuit boys soccer team pushed the boundaries of expectations all year long, but Crusaders' ability to overachieve finally hit the wall on Saturday.
Jesuit, the third-place finisher from the Metro League, rolled into Saturday's Class 6A state quarterfinal at Lake Oswego riding a five-game unbeaten streak and looking for all the world like it very well might just defend the state championship it won in 2010.
But the Lakers had other ideas.
Lake Oswego, the Three Rivers League runner-up, scored three times in Saturday's first half and used that fast start to power its 4-1 victory. The win lifted the Lakers' season record to 9-3-5 and sent the team onto a Tuesday semifinal against Grant at LO. Jesuit, meanwhile, saw its season end at 10-4-3.
'We, unfortunately, chose the wrong day to play our worst game since I took over four years ago,' said Jesuit coach Chris Thurley. 'They scored three goals off of our errors early in the game and we never recovered.'
The Lakers scored early on a short pass from Andrew Jeffery to Jack Halvorson. Halvorson made a run from the defense and got a nice feed, a score that seemed to set the tone for the game.
LO's second goal came 17minutes into the game when Jeffery was fouled at the top of the Jesuit penslty box, then converted the penalty kick to make it 2-0.
But it went to 3-0 just 37 seconds later when Jeffery took the ball at the top of the Crusaders box, beat two defenders and scored.
Jesuit scored its lone goal on a free kick (set up by a Laker handball just outside the box) by senior Kennan dePinna with 4:28 left in the half, but it wasn't enough.
Lake Oswego's fourth goal came at 34:36 in the second half, and it was Jeffery again, striking a low shot from a tough angle from the right side, getting it past the Jesuit keeper at the far post for the score.
Jesuit kept up the pressure in the second half but never got into a rhythm and saw its season end.
Despite the loss, Jesuit was proud of its 2011 season and confident of what lies ahead.
'Obviously, the main thing we can look forward to is the youth of our squad,' Thurley said. 'We only graduate one field player so that's positive. We also progressed a lot further than I thought we would at the start of the year. Overall, it was a good solid year which exceeded expectations.'