Clackamas guys drop an overtime heartbreaker to Lincoln in the semifinals of the Class 6A high school soccer playoffs

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Clackamas senior defender Max Jette (left) and Lincoln sophomore midfielder Beau Gaines (19) battle for possession in last weeks semifinal game of the Class 6A high school boys soccer playoffs.The Clackamas Cavaliers had a heartbreaking ending to arguably the best season of boys soccer in school history, as they fell to Lincoln 3-2 in an overtime shootout in a Nov. 13 Class 6A high school semifinal playoff game at Lincoln High School.

The Cavaliers appeared to have the game won when Clackamas senior midfielder Jason Udland headed the ball in from near the top of the penalty box three minutes into the first of two 10-minute overtimes. Udland’s goal gained the Cavaliers a 2-1 advantage.

A rarely called foul turned the tide for the Cardinals. With just 18 seconds left in overtime, Clackamas goalkeeper Aiden Turner shouldered Lincoln senior Ian King as the two collided in the penalty box near the end-line.

The officials charged Turner with a foul, Lincoln senior Austin Scholer made the PK to tie the score at 2-2, and the best-of-five shootout following.

Lincoln goalie Sam Zasloff-Cohen blocked two Clackamas shots and the Cavaliers hit two shots off-target, while the Cardinals got two shots past Turner for a 2-0 advantage in PK’s and the victory.

Clackamas drew first blood in the semifinal, with Ian Tarnovsky heading the ball home late in the first half. Lincoln answered just five minutes into the second half to knot it up at 1-1 in regulation.

Clackamas coach Anthony Trejo said: “Regardless of what the final was, I feel that we won the game on the pitch. Unfortunately, Lincoln won the game on PK’s, due to a questionable call by the ref at the end of the second overtime.”

With the win, the 14th-ranked Cardinals (12-1-4) advanced to Saturday’s final with sixth-ranked Jesuit. It was only the second final in school history for Lincoln, which finished runner-up to Centennial in 1963.

Although the season had a heartbreaking ending for Clackamas, it was a tremendous season for the Cavaliers nonetheless.

Clackamas finished the season with a 16-2-1 record, with the only blemishes on an otherwise perfect record a 3-2 league loss to West Linn, the loss to Lincoln, and a 0-0 tie with Lake Oswego. They went 8-1-1 in league to far outdistance league runner-up Lake Oswego, which finished 4-2-4.

They won only the third league boys soccer title in school history. Clackamas teams won an outright title in 1992 and they were co-champions with Lakeridge in 2003.

And they made a state semifinal for only the third time. The Cavaliers lost to Barlow in overtime in the semifinals in 1992 and to South Salem 4-0 in the semifinals in 2009. No Clackamas boys soccer team has ever reached a state final.

“I couldn’t be happier with the boys this season,” Trejo said. “This group was a special bunch of young men that set goals for themselves and did whatever it took to achieve them. We battled in every game, grew as a team and individuals, and accomplished so much.

“I hope the boys walk away from this season with no regrets because they leave with the best record in Clackamas boys soccer history, at 16-2-1. I encourage them to remember the good times and cherish them forever.”

Starters for the Cavaliers in the semifinal included: senior Aiden Turner in-goal; seniors Reid Holmes, Chico Guerra, Tyler Gustavson and Max Jette in the defensive line; seniors Jason Udland and Mason Buechler and juniors Ian Tarnovsky and Tyler Noble in the midfield; and senior Adan Trejo and junior Aaron Ahlstrom at forward.

Coach Trejo said of next season: “With players like Ian Tarnovsky and Aaron Ahlstrom returning, along with a good core of juniors from this year’s varsity, we will be ready to go next year. It will nice to monitor their growth. The JV1 and JV2 teams had good, competitive seasons that make the future for Clackamas boys soccer bright....

“Mark my words, we’ll be back in this position soon!”

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