At USCCP, the St. Mary’s girls demonstrated courage and character by battling back from a three goal deficit in the opening 20 minutes against reigning state champion Oregon Episcopal. The Aardvarks scored in the 5th minute given a PK, in the 7th minute on a hard from 22 yards out, and the 16th minute on a driven ground shot from the left side of the penalty area. The Crusaders then showed what they are made of. In the second 20 minutes, seniors Maddie Wheelock, Meghan Michels and Emma Bennion put four goals on the scoreboard for the Crusaders to take a one goal lead into halftime. Off a long direct kick by Michels, Wheelock collected the service and one-touched the ball into the net in the 21st minute igniting the comeback. Nine minutes later, Wheelock returned the favor to Michels with an assist on a dribble penetration by Michels and Michels firing her shot wide of the OES goalkeeper and into the net. In the 32nd minute, Bennion hit a chip shot over the Aardvark’s keeper given another assist by Wheelock. Six minutes later, Michels nailed a direct kick on a set play from 24 yards out giving St. Mary’s a 4 – 3 lead. In the second half, OES scored 14 minutes into the period knotting the score up. In the 73rd minute,
Michels scored her third goal with yet another assist by Wheelock. Regulation ended in a 5 – 5 deadlock. The first ten minute overtime resulted in no goals being scored. In the second overtime period, OES slipped in the game winner midway through the period. St. Mary’s never let up on their efforts to score and had three good looks in the final minutes of play.
Oregon Episcopal had given up only 8 goals all season entering the match. It was a match for the ages if you are a soccer enthusiast, and an example of what high school sports is all about by two of the best teams on Oregon.
The Crusaders end their season with a 13 – 1 – 0 record and a third place finish in the state tournament for the fourth year in a row.