The OSAA Soccer Championships were held November 21st for 5A and 6A boys and girls at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon. The first three matches were played in favorable weather with cloudy skies and calm wind, but the final match of the day found Jesuit and Westview girls battling in driving rain and gusty winds as a storm front moved into the area as night fell.
In the 5A boys match, the Corvallis Spartans survived a late surge by Mt. View of Bend when Zane Meehan converted a penalty kick with 8:05 remaining in the match to give Corvallis the 3-2 victory. The Spartans' 2-0 lead evaporated in the span of one minute when Mt. View's Cam Riemhofer scored a goal with 14:20 remaining and tallied another with 13:49 left to equalize at 2-2.
The 5A girls were up next in a battle were the defenses of Sherwood and Bend refused to give way as the teams ended 80 minutes of regulation play in a 0-0 draw, only to repeat with the same result in 20 minutes of extra time. The championship was settled on penalty kicks where Bend was able to put away four of their spot kicks with Sherwood only converting two.
South Salem and South Medford faced each other for the 6A boys title in a match of two half. South Medford dominated play in the first half and took a 1-0 lead into halftime off a Kory Kellum goal in the eight minute. After the break South Salem found their offense, equalizing 17 minutes into the second half on a goal by Pablo Ceja. After a hand ball on the edge of the South Medford's penalty box resulted in a free kick, South Salem's Ethan Jones scored the go-ahead goal with 13:45 remaining after Cameron French's shot rebounded of keeper Mitch North and rolled to Jones' foot at the back post.
The final match of the day was played under miserable conditions when a storm front moved in as darkness fell, bringing driving rain and very gusty winds that lasted throughout the match. Metro league rivals, Jesuit and Westview, played in the girls 6A championship match. After a fairly evenly played first half, Jesuit took the upper-hand when Sarah Bridges scored six minutes into the second half and the Crusaders added insurance five minutes later with Emily Fellows scored a ten yard shot, with the score ending 2-0 giving the title to Jesuit.
Corvallis 3 - Mountain. View 2
Austin Kins (right) of Mt. View beats Corvallis' Jesus Vidrio (left) to the ball during a first half midfield battle, but pays the price as Vidrio's challenge is late as he connects with Kihs' legs.
Jamal Abdoul of Corvallis goes full stretch as he attempts to win the ball against Mt. View's Eduardo Lopez (entering photo).
Brian Cronk (left) of Corvallis shields off the defense of Mt. View's Mike Wood (right) at he advances the ball through midfield.
Zane Meehan of Corvallis throws his arms into the air in celebration after converting a penalty kick that put the Spartans into the lead for good at 2-1 with 8:05 left in the match after a deliberate hand ball in the box resulted in the sending off of Mt. View's Mike Wood.
Bend 1 - Sherwood 0 (4-2 penalty kicks)
Sherwood goalkeeper Kassee Flint goes high to pull in a cross to foil a goal-scoring opportunity for Bend's Kelsey Corney.
Erika Whitehurst (11) of Bend makes a quick turn to free herself from the pressure of Sherwood's Alezandra Teesdale (behind).
Amelia Salazar (behind) of Sherwood resorts to fouling Bend's Daniela Solis (foreground) to prevent her from breaking into the attacking third.
Kelsey Greene (left) of Bend beats Sherwood's Mallory Edmunson (right) down the left wing during a second half attack.
Amelia Salazar (left) of Sherwood and Kelsey Greene (right) of Bend battle for the ball as Salazar attempts to turn towards goal near the Bend endline.
South Salem 2 - South Medford 1
Brian Avila (right) of South Medford pushes back against the defensive pressure of South Salem's Matt Long (left) during first half play.
Jose Reyes (18) of South Salem goes down to the turf after being tripped up by South Medford's Josue Rodriguez (off camera left).
After recovering from a collision with South Salem's Pablo Ceja (13), South Medford goalkeeper Mitch North dives in a despirate attempt to block Ceja's shot onto an open net. North could not get a hand on the ball but was saved by teammate Cody Anders who miraculously headed the ball wide of the post at the last second.
Cameron French lays out full stretch as he hits a first-time ball off a free kick from the edge of the box in an attempt to score. His shot was blocked by South Medford keeper Mitch North, however the ball rebounded to the back post where South Salem's Ethan Jones tucked it into the net for the game winning goal.
Ethan Jones (center in white) sticks away a rebound off a save by South Medford keeper Mitch North (in orange) to score the game winning goal for the Saxons with 13:45 left in the match.
Ethan Jones of South Salem cellebrates his game winning goal as South Medford keeper and his defensive players look hopelessly at the ball resting in their goalnet.
Jesuit 2 - Westview 0
Rebe Wolverton (left) of Jesuit heads the ball past Westview's Amanda Minter during second half play.
Sarah Bridges (left) of Jesuit edges past Westview's Kelsey Henningsen (right) as she works her way down the wing.
Kelli Crandall (left) and Sarah Bridges (center) of Jesuit embrace and leap into the air in celebration of Bridges' goal with 34:11 left in the match giving the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. Teammate Emily Fellows (right) also joined in the celebration.
Kallie Neimann (left) of Westview picks up a fould for bringing down Jesuit's Alison Martin (right) with a tackle from behind late during the second half.
Alison Martin (left) of Jesuit beats Westview's Desiree Tyner (right) to the ball in midfield during second half action.
Perhaps in his quest to find the Great Pumpkin, Linus should have hung out in Tualatin, Oregon during the 6th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta on Halloween this year. If "the" Great Pumpkin wasn't there, he surely would have found plenty of monstrous gourdes that would renew his faith that the Great Pumpkin did exist.
The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta held on the Lake at the Commons in Tualatin, Oregon has become one of my favorite events of the year to cover. The sight of adults sitting inside a pumpkin and paddling around the lake is a hoot. The good folks at the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers once again donated the giant pumpkins which ranged between 600 and 1,200 pounds. Four races were held during the festival with Brett Savage of McMinnville, Oregon defending his title by winning the prestigious growers' race for the second consecutive year in the first race of a day of pumpkin paddling.
Appearing to be an angle 'sent from above,' giant pumpkin grower Brett Hester carves a giant pumpkin in preparation of the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta on the Lake at the Commons in Tualatin, Oregon. Despite what his appearance may leed one to think, Brett is actually just from Canby, Oregon.
Giant pumpkin grower Mel Gandee of Estacada, Oregon paddles his way towards the front of the pack in the early going of the growers' race during the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta.
Brett Savage, a giant pumpkin grower from McMinnville, Oregon, leads the pack during the growers's race of the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. Brett never looked back as he paddled to his second consecutive victory after winning the growers' race last year.
Matt Hess of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paddles his way across the Lake at the Commons in Tualatin, Oregon as he and other corps members particpate in a challenge race against members of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.
Nisha Georga of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paddles her way across the Lake at the Commons in Tualatin, Oregon as she and other corps members participate in a challenge race against members of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.
Costumes of all types added a festive atmosphere to the races. Here a participant in the third race of the day shows his patriotism as he paddles away.
Two racers battle for position during a game of capture the flags, pumpkin regatta style.
Looking to work her way up in the pack, a female racer all pinked-out paddles furiously to catch up.
Suited up as a joker, Carina Christensen of Tualatin, Oregon keeps a lead over Santa Claus during the third race of the day.
A contestant in the growers' race paddles her giant pumpkin in the spirit of the Vikings who are rumored to have crossed the Atlantic in the very same manner during the 18th century.
Fully expecting to go into the drink, a member of the Giant Vegetable Growers Association dons full scuba gear to participate in the growers' race.
Shame was not a consideration when it came to costume selections for the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta.