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Cavaliers give Crusaders a run for their money in a 1-0 loss

by: PHOTO BY JOHN DENNY -    The athletes on Clackamas High Schools girls soccer team had a lot to be proud of this fall. After a tough preseason, they went undefeated in the Three Rivers League. And they advanced to the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, where they gave second-ranked Jesuit a run for its money in a 1-0 aloss. Members of the standout team included: (first row, from left) Erika Shaw, Alli Dickey, Holly Hunt, Kaitlyn Reiner, Alexandra Mahler, Cassie Haehlen and Amanda Zehr; (second row) Chantel Lusby, Sarah Jones, Riley Mitchell, Courtney Cox, Alaina Edgerly and Katya Mckenzie; (third row) Amanda Grimshaw, Teri Walters, Jade Haehlen, Nadine Shaw, Ally Bushman and Yasmeen Ramos; and (back) coach Manuel Martinez, head coach Aimee Mansoor and coach Colby White.The unheralded Clackamas Cavaliers left last week’s Class 6A girls soccer second-round state playoff game at Jesuit sad, but with their heads held high.

They had given the second-ranked Crusaders one of their toughest matches of the season in a 1-0 loss.

It was the sixteenth game of the season without a loss for Jesuit, which went on to defeat tenth-ranked Lincoln 2-0 in Saturday’s Class 6A semifinals. Heading into their Tuesday (Nov. 12) semifinal game with third-ranked Tualatin (13-2-3), the Crusaders (15-0-2) had not allowed an opponent a single goal, while outscoring seventeen opponents, 47-0.

Clackamas and Jesuit battled to a scoreless tie in the first half of their Nov. 5 playoff game at Jesuit. The Crusaders put the game’s only goal in the net early in the second half.

Clackamas coach Aimee Mansoor commented: “Though it was a tough loss, the girls walked off the field knowing they left it all on the field. There was not one player that could have given more. Though Jesuit had their fair share of opportunities, we had some great looks as well....”

Mansoor reflected back on the season: “It was a lot of fun seeing how well the girls came together, after a rough start. After going without a single win in preseason, they went undefeated in league. This demonstrates their resilience, mental strength, determination, leadership, and team unity.

“They showed a lot of character this year and established a great team culture. The seniors — Kaitlyn Reiner, Courtney Cox, and Holly Hunt — will be missed....

“But we are very excited about next year. We are going to miss the Three Rivers League, but we are looking forward to the new challenges of the Mt Hood Conference, and advancing further in the state playoffs.  

“As team leader Holly Hunt stated, ‘Don’t be sad the year is over. Smile because it happened. It was an incredible, memorable season.’”

With all but three seniors returning from this year’s team that went 8-0-2 in the Three Rivers League (9-6-3 overall) and fell just a game short of the quarterfinals, the Cavaliers should be a force to contend with in the Mt. Hood Conference next fall.

Starting for the Cavaliers in this year’s season final with Jesuit were: seniors Kaitlyn Reiner (defense) and Holly Hunt (midfield); juniors Jade Haehlen (goalkeeper), Riley Mitchell (defense), Erika Shaw (defense), Amanda Zehr (defense), Sarah Jones (midfield), Ally Bushman (midfield), Alli Dickey (midfield) and Cassie Haehlen (forward); and sophomore Alaina Edgerly (forward).

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