At USCCP, The St. Mary’s girls struck early against visiting Riverside, Special District 6 league champions, scored three goals in each half, and will move on to the OSAA 3A/2A/1A semi-finals. Seniors Maddie Wheelock and Meghan Michels hooked up in the first minute of play to put the Crusaders on the scoreboard. Wheelock slipped a pass through to Michels who fired a shot past the Pirates goalkeeper. In the 8th minute, Wheelock scored on a corner kick service by senior Emma Bennion. Midway through the first half, Wheelock got fouled in the penalty area and converted on a PK. In the second half, Bennion earned a goal of her own when junior midfielder Riley Kreul played a perfect and quick one-thouch pass between Pirate defenders and Bennion made good on her shot. In the 56th minute, Bennion claimed her second assist of the day when she served in another corner kick and senior Gabi Castillo nailed home a header. Castillo played an exceptional match throughout the contest in the midfield and finished it off with an impressive goal. The final score was notched by sophomore Sophia Dobry when she received a through ball from Wheelock. Dobry had run in the State Cross Country Championships earlier in the day and arrived at the match keeping her word that she would be good to go.
St. Mary’s will host Oregon Episcopal School on Tuesday. The two team have met in the semi-finals seven of the last eight years. Time TBD.