MEDFORD — Douglas High School’s girls soccer season came to an end Halloween Night with a 5-0 loss to the St. Mary’s Crusaders at U.S. Cellular Field in the first round of the Class 3A/2A/1A state playoffs.
It was the first time in 13 years that the Trojans qualified for a chance to play in the postseason. They finished with an 8-5-2 record and came into the game as the No. 15 seed.
Douglas coach Chuck Lund had previously told The News-Review, “I’m very proud of their big turnaround from last year.” Last season, the Trojans were 2-10 overall.
St. Mary’s was the No. 2 seed and extended its winning streak to 12, only losing the season opener 8-3 to Catlin Gabel.
“We go into every game expecting it’s going to be a Catlin Gabel, it’s going to be a hard game,” St. Mary’s forward Meghan Michels told the Medford Mail-Tribune. “So we just went into this game with our hearts just going for it.”
Michels was the first to score, in the fourth minute, off a lead pass from senior Maddie Wheelock. She dribbled past one Trojan defender and, as two more defenders ran toward her, Michels kicked the ball past DHS freshman goalkeeper Adriana Sapp.
In the seventh minute Michels set Wheelock up in similar fashion. Douglas freshman defender Hannah Hobson tried to cut her off, but got there too late and the Crusaders went up 2-0.
“I recognized that Meghan was taking the ball up the field,” Wheelock told the Medford newspaper. “She had pulled the defender out and then there was this space though the middle, so I just put my arm out and called for it and she played it perfectly.”
Michels scored one more goal in the first ten minutes. She finished the game with two goals and two assists.
“They’re both (Michels and Wheelock) very difficult to stop unless you’ve got very quick defenders, and they were able to just penetrate the back line and get some easy shots on goal,” St. Mary’s coach Dave Potter told the Mail-Tribune. “I mean, they created those shots and made them easy. And (Sapp) was a good keeper. Good size, good range. But when you’re point-blank against good finishers ...”
The Crusaders had 14 shots on goal and outshot Douglas 14-1 in the first half and 25-2 overall.
St. Mary’s had a 4-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a 33rd minute goal by Ibixica Alvarez.
In the second half Emma Bennion scored the final goal off a corner kick.
Douglas will graduate five players — Ayana Parson, Kaylie Hall, Chyanne Van Allen, Mackenzie Gillis and Elexis Walker — at the end of the school year.
St. Mary’s will host seventh-seeded Riverside on Saturday in the quarterfinals.