They take no hostages in a 5-0 rout of Newberg

The defense-minded Clackamas Cavaliers were at the top of their game last Friday, as they scored a season-high five goals in a 5-0 shellacking of fifteenth-ranked Newberg in a first-round game of the Class 6A state high school girls soccer playoffs.

Only one team — top-ranked Tigard — had scored more goals (a 6-1 win) against Newberg (8-6-1, 4-3-0) this season.

It was only the second time in fifteen games this fall that Newberg had been shut out. They’d lost to fourth-ranked Grant 3-0 way back on Sept. 16.

For the Cavaliers (9-5-3, 8-0-2), who entered postseason play ranked 17th in the Oregon School Activities Association RPI rankings, it was their seventh shutout and the fifteenth time this fall that they’d held an opponent to a goal or less.

“We had a great week of training,” said Clackamas coach Aimee Mansoor. “Goalkeepers Jade Haehlen and Teri Walters worked hard and did what they needed to do physically and mentally to prepare for our first-round game.  

“Defenders Riley Mitchell, Kaitlyn Reiner, Erika Shaw, Amanda Zehr and Chantel Lusby worked on things they needed to to be sharp and strong in the defensive line.

“Midfielders Sarah Jones, Holly Hunt, Yasmeen Ramos, Alli Dickey, Bri Bothwell, Ally Bushman, and Alexandra Mahler worked on their defensive game as well, and also their attacking offensive game going forward.

“Forwards Cassie Haehlen, Alaina Edgerly, Katya Mckenzie and Amanda Grimshaw worked on not letting defenders break pressure, finishing their opportunities and being dangerous in and around the box.

“Injured players Nadine Shaw and Courtney Cox have been there mentally and physically, doing whatever they can to help their team prepare.

“All twenty girls are on board and doing what needs to be done to head into the playoffs strong.”

Mansoor said that the Cavaliers began the Newberg game strong and didn’t let up until the final horn. Five different Clackamas players scored goals.

Cassie Haehlen and Ally Bushman put goals in the net in the first half. Haehlen’s goal was unassisted, while Bushman got an assist from Riley Mitchell.

Edgerly, Dickey and Lusby added goals after the break. Zehr assisted on the goals by Edgerly and Lusby, while Haehlen assisted Dickey.

“The girls are working hard, and taking each game one at a time. Our goal is to leave it all on the field with every match.... The girls are willing to do what it takes, and more. Players are stepping up, and everyone’s contributing in some way. It’s been fun to watch. We are excited for next week!”

 The Cavaliers were to meet second-ranked and undefeated Jesuit (12-0-3, 8-0-2) on the road in Tuesday’s second round of the playoffs. With a win, they’d advance to a Saturday quarterfinal game at 10th-ranked Lincoln (10-4-0, 2-2-0) or seventh-ranked Barlow (11-1-3, 9-0-3).

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