Cavalier coeds beat Lakeridge in OT and advance to the state final for the first time in school history

It was sweet, sweet revenge for Clackamas High School’s girls soccer team on Nov. 13, as the eighth-ranked Cavaliers battled from behind to win a 3-2 overtime thriller from fifth-ranked Lakeridge in the semifinals of the Class 6A high school playoffs.

The win not only avenged two league losses to the Pacers (8-2-0 in league), who finished just ahead of Clackamas (7-2-1) in the race for supremacy in the Three Rivers League. But more importantly, it advanced the Cavaliers to their first state final in soccer in school history.

Before Nov. 13, no Clackamas boys or girls soccer team had ever reached a state final, although both had come close.

Clackamas girls had reached the semifinals twice before, losing to Central Catholic 2-0 in the semifinals in 2007, and losing to Jesuit 2-0 in the semifinals in 2010.

Clackamas boys this year made the semifinals for the third time, dropping a 3-2 heartbreaker to Lincoln on overtime penalty kicks in last week’s 6A boys semifinals.

Clackamas boys lost to Barlow 4-3 through penalty kicks in overtime in the semifinals in 1992, and to South Salem 4-0 in the semifinals in 2009.

Last week’s girls’ semifinal win over Lakeridge was no cakewalk. The Cavaliers had lost 1-0 and 3-1 to the Pacers in league play and, until late in the semifinal game, it appeared that things were going to go the Pacers’ way a third time.

The Pacers went up 2-0, scoring two goals inside the first 20 minutes of the second half.

There was just 10 minutes remaining in regulation when Kaitlyn Reiner scored the Cavaliers’ first goal.

“Kaitlyn’s goal came from the corner,” Clackamas coach Aimee Mansoor said. “She crossed the ball in; the goalkeeper fumbled it, and dropped it in-goal.”

Sam Moultrie put a rebound shot away with just 37 seconds left in regulation to knot the score at 2-2 and bring about the overtime.

“Sam’s goal came off a deflection from the goalkeeper off a nice shot from Tori Roberts, after a free kick by Riley Mitchell,” Mansoor observed.

The two teams then went scoreless through two extra periods, resulting in a best-of-five shootout.

Four Clackamas players put the ball in the net, while Clackamas keeper Jade Haehlen made two saves, and the Cavaliers celebrated the spoils. Moultrie, Riley Mitchell, Roberts and Holly Hunt all made their PK’s in the shootout, with Hunt’s nail-biting shot the game-winner.

“I think a lot of people figured it was done when they scored their second goal,” Mansoor said. “The girls showed tremendous heart, effort and a very special drive and determination to fight until the end and get a goal back. And then the equalizer with just seconds remaining. It was a true team effort. Everyone rose to the occasion....

“The girls went into the penalties very confident and they walked out of there with the win. They were not ready for their season to be over quite yet....

“A great effort by both Three Rivers League teams, and a very special night for Clackamas High School soccer — the first time in history we’ve made it to the finals. They’d worked hard and earned their right to be there.

“I am excited at the opportunity of making more history this weekend [in the state final]. The girls have waited a long time time for this, and they will be ready.”

The win advanced the eighth-ranked Cavaliers to the Class 6A state final with third-ranked Thurston, while the defensive-minded Pacers finished the season with an overall record of 12-5-1. Lakeridge had allowed 17 opponents just 12 goals and the Pacers had shut out four of their last five opponents prior to the loss to Clackamas. They hadn’t allowed an opponent more than one goal since Sept. 27, when they fell to West Linn 2-0.

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