Soccer: Sherwood wins pair of matches, one in OT, to move to quarterfinals
by: DAN BROOD UP HIGH — Sherwood junior Mikayla Howes goes up to head the ball in Saturday’s win over Benson.

SHERWOOD - Some things just didn't matter.

The Sherwood High School girls soccer team didn't really care who their opponent was.

The Lady Bowmen didn't care what the other team's record was.

They didn't even really care what the score was.

It just didn't matter.

That's because it was the start of postseason play, and the Lady Bowmen were really ready to kick things into high gear.

That showed as Sherwood opened its postseason trek with a 9-0 win over Benson in a Class 5A play-in game held Saturday at Sherwood High School.

'We were just really pumped for this game,' said Sherwood junior midfielder Meghan Schoen, who had two goals and three assists (giving her 21 for the season) in the victory. 'It didn't matter who we were playing. We just wanted to come out and play with intensity.'

Benson, the No. 4 team out of the Portland Interscholastic League, ended its season with a final overall record of 4-9.

Sherwood, the Northwest Oregon Conference champion, improved to 15-0 at that point and advanced to the Class 5A state playoffs. The Lady Bowmen opened state playoff action Tuesday with a 2-1 overtime home win over Wilson in a first-round match.

With the victory over Wilson, Sherwood moves on to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. The Lady Bowmen will host Mountain View Saturday in a quarterfinal match starting at 1 p.m. at Sherwood High School.

In the quarterfinals, the Lady Bowmen will be looking to keep up their postseason intensity level, which started in Saturday's match with Benson. And they're hoping that intensity level carries them far.

'We want to win state,' Schoen said after the victory over Benson.

'That's been our goal since the beginning of the season,' added Sherwood junior midfielder Annie Govig.

Sherwood, while definitely easing up some in the win over the undermanned Techsters, who had just 10 players available for the match, also showed its intensity and focus as it opened postseason play.

'We've been working hard, and expect to keep it going,' Brown said. 'This is a good group of kids, and they've been real solid so far.'

Schoen got the scoring started in Saturday's match, as she converted a shot off a pass from Govig to give the Lady Bowmen a 1-0 lead just one minute into the contest.

Schoen soon scored again, this time on a close-range shot off an assist from senior Lauren Vasquez, to up the Lady Bowmen lead to 2-0 with 35 minutes and 3 seconds left in the first half.

Sherwood pushed the lead to 3-0 with 33:25 remaining in the first half when freshman forward Sarah Garoutte scored on a turnaround shot from 13 yards out after taking a pass from Schoen.

Lady Bowmen freshman forward Ashley Fenske scored on a corner kick, with the ball deflecting off a Benson defender and into the goal, pushing the margin to 4-0 with 30:18 still left to play in the first half.

Sherwood sophomore midfielder Emily Harris added a goal with 10:05 left in the first half to give the Lady Bowmen a 5-0 lead, which they carried to the break.

Junior Mikayla Howes opened the scoring in the second half. After taking a pass from Schoen, she drilled a shot into the back of the net from 23 yards out to make the score 6-0 with 33:07 left in the match.

Garoutte's second goal of the game, coming off an assist from junior Jessica Imbrie, gave Sherwood a 7-0 advantage with 22:45 remaining to play.

Sherwood junior Michaela Pilkenton scored from 17 yards out off a pass from Schoen to make the score 8-0 with 20:16 left to play. The assist was Schoen's third of the match and 21st on the season.

'I like to create opportunities,' she said with a smile.

Junior Mikaela Doherty, who played at goalie for Sherwood in the first half of the match, wrapped up the scoring for the Lady Bowmen with a goal from 12 yards out, coming with 13:41 remaining, making the final 9-0.

'We worked on a lot of things,' Govig said. 'We want to prepare for the tougher games.'

'We need to push it up a level,' Schoen said.

Sherwood had 24 shots on goal and eight corner kicks in the win. Benson had none.

In Tuesday's win over Wilson, Sherwood took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Garoutte, coming off an assist from Hughes, with 17 minute to go in the first half.

Wilson came back to tie the match with a free-kick goal with 15 minutes left in the second half.

The Lady Bowmen got what turned out to be the game-winning goal on a free kick shot by Howes four minutes into OT.

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