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Clackamas girls outgun the Saxons


The Cavaliers blank South Salem 4-0

by: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Senior Claudia Flores (6) and her teammates kept the pressure on South Salems goalie all game long in Saturdays state playoff win over the Saxons.The 25th-ranked Salem Saxons found themselves no match for the eighth-ranked Clackamas Cavaliers in Saturday’s first round of the Class 6A high school girls soccer playoffs, as the Cavaliers manhandled their guests from the Central Valley League, winning 4-0.

It was the most goals the Saxons had given up in a game since their first game of the season, when they lost to Thurston 6-2.

The Cavaliers were all business, as they outshot their guests 16-2 en route to their fourth shutout of the season.

The win advanced the Cavaliers (8-4-2) to a Nov. 6 second-round state playoff game with Three Rivers League rival West Linn (9-4-1). The Cavaliers topped the ninth-ranked Lions 2-1 in their final game of the TRL season, after battling to a 1-1 tie with the Lions in an earlier game.

The winner of Tuesday’s game will meet top-ranked Tualatin (12-1-2) or 16th-ranked Sunset (7-4-4) in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Three Rivers League teams have had their share of success in postseason. All six teams made last weekend’s first round of the playoffs, and four of the six advanced to the second round.

In games involving TRL teams last weekend, Clackamas blanked South Salem (4-0), Lakeridge shut out 29th-ranked Hillsboro (1-0), West Linn stopped 24th-ranked Roseburg (6-0) and Canby upended 22nd-ranked St. Mary’s (6-0). Lake Oswego lost to 21st-ranked Westview 1-0 and unheralded Oregon City lost to Tualatin 5-0.

The Cavaliers were slow to put balls in the net in last Saturday’s game with South Salem. Claudia Flores’ goal off a pass from Sarah Jones five minutes before the intermission was Clackamas’ only goal of the first half.

“We pressed most of the first half, but just couldn’t put one away,” Clackamas coach Aimee Mansoor observed. “We continued to press in the second half, but did a better job of finishing.”

Sam Moultrie found the net twice in the second half, while Tori Roberts added a single tally.

“A good game by our back four, led by captain Kaitlyn Reiner, center back Riley Mitchell and outside backs Erika Shaw and Sammy Haehlen,” Mansoor said. “Jade Haehlen had a solid game in-goal. Sam Moultrie and Sarah Jones owned the center midfield.

“Courtney Cox and Holly Hunt did a good job on the outside. Cassie Haehlen, Claudia Flores and Tori Roberts did a good job up top, holding the ball up and getting good goal-scoring opportunities.”