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The title match will be held Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium

by: DAN BROOD - SENIOR LEADER -- Tualatin senior Lauren Helmreich (right) is one of the Timberwolves who played in the 2011 state title game, where the team beat Sunset.HILLSBORO — For the third straight year, the Tualatin High School girls soccer team will finish its season with a match against Sunset.

Two years ago, the Timberwolves downed the Apollos 1-0 in the Class 6A state championship game. Last year, Sunset downed Tualatin 2-1 in overtime in a second-round state playoff match.

This year, the Wolves are taking aim at the state crown again. And, to claim the crown, they’ll have to knock off the Apollos — again.

Tualatin will play for its second state title in the past three years, and its fourth overall, when it faces Sunset in the OSAA Class 6A state championship game, which will be held Saturday, starting at 6 p.m., at Hillsboro Stadium.

“This is so exciting,” Tualatin senior Jill Farley said following the Timberwolves’ 2-0 win over Jesuit in a state-playoff semifinal game played Tuesday at Jesuit High School.

“It’s unreal,” Tualatin sophomore goalkeeper Emily Leonard said with a smile. “It’s my first time to play there.”

Sunset, the Metro League runner-up and the No. 4 team in the final OSAA power rankings, brings an overall record of 14-2-2 into Saturday’s title contest. Sunset downed Westview 1-0 in overtime in Tuesday’s semifinal round to earn its trip to the championship match.

“They’ll be ready,” first-year Tualatin coach Kalé Dwight said of the Apollos. “But we’ll also be really pumped up.”

The Timberwolves, the Pacific Conference runner-up and the No. 3 team in the OSAA power rankings, is 13-2-3 on the season.

The Tualatin girls, following their win over Jesuit, weren’t sure at that if if they were going to play Sunset or Westview. That didn’t seem to matter to the Timberwolves, who insisted that the outcome of Saturday’s match will depend on how they play.

“We need to play with confidence and play with a lot of heart,” Tualatin senior Alyssa Durdel said. “And we need to leave it all on the field.”

“We need to play as hard as possible and play our game,” Leonard said. “And then good things will happen.”

by: DAN BROOD - TITLE-GAME DEBUT -- Tualatin senior Jill Farley (left), the Pacific Conference Player of the Year, will be playing in her first state championship match when the Wolves take on Sunset on Saturday,“We need to win,” Tualatin junior defender Natalie Shen said with a smile. “We need to do the little things and put in a lot of effort. When we get in a groove, we’re the best team in the state.”

Shen is one of a handful of Timberwolves players who were part of the Tualatin squad that bested Sunset 1-0 in the 2011 state championship match. Other current players on the 2011 Timberwolf roster include seniors Madison Campbell, Lauren Helmreich, Kelly Skoglund, Durdel, Megan Landmark, Audrey DePaepe and juniors Kyla Hackelman, Adina Goodwin, Ariana Pumpelly and Aryana Harvey.

For Farley, a four-year starter at Tualatin, Saturday’s match will mark her first appearance in a state title contest. She missed the 2011 title-game victory as she was attending a high-level Olympic Development Program event that was being held in Florida at the same time.

That has her ready to go for this year’s match.

“I did’t get to go two years ago, so this is a huge deal to me,” she said on Tuesday. “I’m really excited for it. We’re going to need to focus on playing our game and play as hard as we did tonight. We started the season unsure, but we developed an underdog mentality. We started really playing well in the playoffs. We got confident and we believe we can win it.”

For Sunset, senior defender Taylor Coon shared Metro League Player of the Year honors. Apollo senior goalkeeper Taylor Luty also earned first-team All-Metro League accolades.

Farley was tabbed the Pacific Conference Player of the Year. Leonard, Campbell and Pumpelly all joined Farley on the all-conference first team.

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