Jesuit, Catlin Gabel rule soccer world

Crusaders, Eagles win two titles
By Cliff Pfenning,
Joseph Oberholtzer, center, reacts to scoring the winning goal of the Class 3A final.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning,
Woodburn players celebrate the school's first soccer title Saturday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning,
Grant goalkeeper Mariah Liebert makes a dazzling save in the first half Saturday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning,

The soccer juggernauts at Southwest Portland’s Jesuit and Catlin Gabel Highs finally got in synch again Saturday in Hillsboro.

Jesuit won the Class 6A boys and girls titles at Hillsboro Stadium shortly after Catlin Gabel won the Class 3A boys and girls titles at nearby Liberty High School to highlight the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires championships.

The wins on the same day marked the second time the two schools have swept their respective title games on the same day. In 1994, Jesuit and Catlin Gabel also won boys and girls titles.

Of course, winning a state final is nothing new to the schools, which have combined to win 43 titles since 1977, when soccer became an OSAA sport.

Only two other schools: Oregon Episcopal in 2005, and Lakeridge in 1982; have won boys and girls titles in the same year.

In other finals, Woodburn beat Corvallis 2-1 in overtime in the 5A boys final, after Summit of Bend won the 5A girls title, 1-0 over crosstown rival Mountain View.

Mazama won the Class 4A girls title, 1-0 in penalty kicks, over Sisters, followed by Stayton winning the 4A boys title 1-0 over Hidden Valley.

Woodburn, Summit, Mazama and Stayton all won titles for the first time.

Saturday’s finals marked the first time since 2001 that the OSAA has ended the soccer season with equal championship games for boys and girls teams. The past eight years, boys teams played one more final than girls teams.