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11/20/2013 11:16:00 AM
Valley Catholic girls claim first soccer title
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The victorious Valley Catholic soccer team.
Valley Catholic photo
The victorious Valley Catholic soccer team.

The girls from Valley Catholic High School are 3A state champions in soccer for the first time.

In a rematch from the 2012 final, the Valiants edged Oregon Episcopal 1-0 Nov. 16 final, avenging last year's loss. The goal came in the 50th minute when Reilly Blood took a pass from Ella Turkot and drove it into the lower left corner. Turkot was named woman of the match.

Valley Catholic had 10 shots on the day and Oregon Episcopal seven. Valiant goalkeeper Amanda Carrera had three saves.
Coached by Kayla Crandall in her third year at Valley Catholic, the team used stony defense to win.

Valley Catholic fans were out in force Saturday, yelling "We are VC" and stomping so hard that the bleachers shook.  

The boys from St. Mary's of Medford were runners up in 3A soccer, being edged 2-1 by Oregon Episcopal. William Lee, a freshman defender had the Crusaders' only goal. An unassisted blast from 22 yards, it hit the upper right corner and came in the 77th minute.

Oregon Episcopal sent 11 shots on goal while St. Mary's had 3.  

In 5A soccer, Marist of Eugene lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Summit. In 4A, La Salle Prep of Milwaukie dropped a match to Henley in the quarterfinals, with Henley going on to be runner up.

In 6A girls soccer, Jesuit went down in the semifinals to eventual champion Tualatin. Among 4A girls, La Salle Prep lost in the semifinals to Scappoose, which took the title.

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