11/20/2012 10:09:00 AM Jesuit boys take 6A soccer crown
Photos by Norm Maves Jr.
Jesuit's Henry Rocker controls the ball against Lincoln. The boys from Jesuit are 6A soccer champions.
Andy Buhler (12) and Matt Nachreiner (2) celebrate the victory.
The boys from Jesuit High claimed the 6A soccer title Nov. 17, blanking Lincoln 3-0.
It was a potent run through the playoffs for the Crusaders, who had wins of 4-2 over Sunset, 2-0 over Central Catholic, 7-0 over David Douglas and 5-0 over Century.
Heck, it was a potent run through the whole season. Jesuit went 17-1-1, outscoring opponents 57-10.
Christo Michaelson scored on an assist from Matt Nachreiner in the first half. Henry Rocker and Nachreiner added goals nine minutes apart in the second half. All year, Nachreiner played a key role with sideline throw-ins that went as far as most other players' kicks.
This was the 13th state title for Jesuit, the second with coach Chris Thurley at the helm. Thurley told the Oregonian that the storybook ending for his team came from training hard.
Here is the Jesuit roster: John Melito, James Wisniewski, Matt Nachreiner, Dylan Ruesch, Essam Nicola, Brian DeGrandmont, Joel Schierman, Tyler Street, Sean Justus, Zach Caballero, Christo Michaelson, Shane Richards, Andy Buhler, Henry Rocker, Chase Boone, Thomas Wise, Pierce Baldocchi, Ulyl Acevedo Chable, Sahil Doshi, Spencer Scott, Charlie Chimento, Christopher Chertude.
In 4A action, the La Salle Prep boys were runners up, losing in a 2-1 double overtime match to Philomath. La Salle Prep had cruised to the finals with wins of 4-0 over Phoenix, 2-0 over Stayton, and 4-0 over North Bend.
It was Falcon energy that led to a La Salle lead, but also led to two free kicks that allowed Philomath to score and take the crown. La Salle led 1-0 into the 69th minute.
In girls soccer, Valley Catholic was runner up to Oregon Episcopal among schools 3A and smaller. The Valiants lost the final 2-1.