Cavalier boys and girls continue their historic runs

by: MILES VANCE - Clackamas goalkeeper Jade Haehlen leaps high for a save in Saturdays 1-0 quarterfinal win at Sunset.Clackamas High School’s boys and girls soccer teams last week continued their historic runs.

The eighth-ranked Cavalier guys last week upended ninth-ranked South Medford (5-1) and 16th-ranked Forest Grove (5-1) to earn a shot at fifth-ranked Lincoln in this Tuesday’s (Nov. 13) Class 6A semifinals.

Also ranked eighth in the state, Clackamas girls last week toppled ninth-ranked West Linn (5-2) and 16th-ranked Sunset (1-0) to earn a match-up with fifth-ranked Lakeridge in Tuesday’s girls semifinal round.

It’s only the third time in school history that Clackamas boys or Clackamas girls have advanced to the semifinals in soccer. Clackamas boys lost to Barlow in overtime in the semifinals in 1992 and to South Salem in the semifinals in 2009.

Clackamas girls lost to Central Cathlic in the semifinals in 2007 and to Jesuit in the semifinals in 2010.

“It feels really good,” said Clackamas junior co-captain Ian Tarnovsky. “We practice really hard, and it’s been a team effort. We have great team chemistry and a drive to win. We’re all in it together and we play for each other. We don’t have just one guy trying to do it all. We’ve done it as a team....

“It’s our team goal to win a state championship and I think we’ve got a good chance.”

“I’m excited!” said Clackamas senior co-captain Samantha Moultrie. “We made the semis my sophomore year and it’s pretty awesome doing it again my senior year....

“If we can go further, and take state, it would be so cool.”

Moultrie explained her team’s success: “We’re really close. We play for each other and we play as a team. There’s so much heart and passion, it’s good to see our hard work paying off.”

“The boys are clicking at the right time,” said Clackamas boys coach Anthony Trejo. “We are starting games strong and finishing the game even stronger. We are focused, ready to go, and looking forward to facing Lincoln for the right to go to the championship game.”

“The girls play with a lot of heart,” said Clackamas girls coach Aimee Mansoor. “And most importantly, they play as a team. The girls are willing to go that extra mile for one another, and it’s paying off.... They are very coachable and we have really good leadership.”

Their strong team play was reflected in Clackamas’ boys 5-1 rout of Forest Grove on Saturday, as four Cavaliers scored goals and six contributed to the scoring.

Tarnovsky found the net twice, while Adan Trejo, Aaron Ahlstrom and Mason Buechler added single tallies. Adan Trejo also came through with two assists, and Brendan Swazo and Max Jette both assisted Cavalier goals.

The Cavaliers claimed a quick 2-0 advantage, with Trejo playing a ball over the top to Tarnovsky and Tarnovsky putting it away; and Trejo hitting a wide open shot on a poorly cleared ball by Forest Grove’s defense.

Saturday’s win was the ninth in a row for the Cavalier guys, who took a record of 16-1-1 into Tuesday’s semifinal at Lincoln (11-1-4).

The winner of the Clackamas/Lincoln game will play the winner of a semifinal between third-ranked Jesuit (15-1-1) and 15th-ranked Sunset (10-3-4) in Saturday’s final at Hillsboro Stadium.

Clackamas boys made it look easy on Nov. 6, as they upended ninth-ranked South Medford 5-1 in a second-round game of the Class 6A state playoffs.

It was the most goals the Panthers (11-4, 5-3) had given up all season, as they came into the contest allowing opponents an average of just one goal a game — with five shutouts.

“The team played a great game!” coach Trejo said. “We started off a bit sluggish, but once we scored that first goal, the intensity followed.

“Smothering defense all over the pitch has been our calling card all season and this game was no different....

“Five different players scored for us and that makes us more dangerous going forward, knowing anyone can score at anytime.”

Seniors Buechler, Jason Udland, Trejo and Jette all found the net for the Cavaliers, along with junior Ahlstrom. Trejo also had two assists.

South Medford’s lone goal was scored on a penalty kick.

Moultrie PK

is game-winner

Last Saturday’s Cavalier girls’ 1-0 win over Sunset was huge, because the defense-minded Apollos were riding sky high, having dealt top-ranked Tualatin its first loss of the season in the first round of the playoffs.

The win was all the more impressive because the Cavaliers played the last 25 minutes a man down, after a Cavalier player left the game with a red card.

Heroine honors went to Sam Moultrie, who buried the ball in the back of the net on a penalty kick 10 minutes into the game, after Cassie Haehlen was fouled.

Heading into the game, Sunset’s opponents had averaged less than a goal a game and the Apollos (8-5-4) had eight shutouts.

“A great game by Jade Haehlen in-goal,” Clackamas coach Aimee Mansoor said. “And a good solid performance by our defenders — Erika Shaw, Sammy Haehlen, Riley Mitchell, and Kaitlyn Reiner....

“Our midfielders and forwards — Sarah Jones, Samantha Moultrie, Holly Hunt, Tori Roberts, Mackenzie Giancola, Claudia Flores and Cassie Haehlen also played well. It was a great team effort!”

It was the sixth win in a row and the sixth shutout for the Cavaliers.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all [that we’re in the semifinals],” Moultrie said. “We’ve improved so much since the start of the season. We’re a whole different team.”

The improvement showed in last week’s 5-2 first-round win over league rival West Linn. The Lions had battled the Cavaliers to a 1-1 standoff early in the league season and the Cavaliers eked out a 2-1 win in an Oct. 24 league game at West Linn.

One of the players who has stepped up is Cavalier senior Tori Roberts. Roberts missed the entire season up until the Oct. 24 game with the Lions, recuperating from major surgery on a knee.

She scored two goals in last week’s playoff win over the Lions.

“We play with a lot of heart and determination, and we never give up,” Roberts said. “We’ve had lots of injuries this season, but our team is real deep with talent. Whenever someone has gone down, we’ve had other players step up.”

Claudia Flores scored the game-winner just 22 minutes into the game.

Cassie Haehlen and Holly Hunt also scored goals, as the Cavaliers rolled to a 4-1 advantage by the midpoint of the second half.

Roberts said she felt good heading into this Tuesday’s semifinal with Lakeridge. The Pacers (12-4-1, 8-2-0) and Cavaliers (10-4-2, 7-2-1) finished first and second in the Three Rivers League, with the Pacers dealing the Cavaliers their only losses, 1-0 and 3-1.

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