Crusader boys clinch District 3 title

CAVE JUNCTION — The playoffs could not come at a better time for the white-hot St. Mary's Crusaders.

Junior forward Harrison Leep scored six goals and teammate Reid Arne added two goals and five assists as St. Mary's clinched first place in District 3 boys soccer with its seventh win in a row, 10-1 over Illinois Valley Saturday.

The Crusaders (9-2, 7-0 Dist. 3) took a 1-0 lead on Leep's first goal in the seventh minute and extended their cushion to 7-0 before the Cougars converted a penalty kick right before halftime. By then, Leep had already scored a hat trick with three goals, and followed that by scoring the only goals of the second half for St. Mary's.

Pancho Acuna also had a goal and two assists for the Crusaders, who will have to wait until Nov. 7 to find out who their first round opponent will be in the Class 3A-2A-1A state tournament.

The 16-team bracket will be placed according to the OSAA's power rankings. As of Saturday afternoon, St. Mary's was ranked No. 9.

Illinois Valley fell to 5-9 overall and 3-4 in league play and did not qualify for the postseason.

District 4 Girls

ST. MARY'S 1, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Mackenzie Krieser scored in the fourth minute off an assist by Anna Thorndike and St. Mary's capped an undefeated regular season with a dominant showing on the Rogue River High football field.

The Crusaders (13-0-1, 8-0 District 4) had a 20-2 advantage in shots on goal but couldn't convert on the slippery surface against a determined Rogue River squad. The Chieftains (12-2) had hoped to tie St. Mary's for the league championship but were forced to settle for second at 6-2 in District 4 play.

The Crusaders were led by a solid showing from sweeper Lindsay Barnum and defenders McKenna Barnum, Nicole Martin and Mattie Gambee.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2, GLIDE 0 — McKensie Ragan sent a corner kick into the far corner of the goal in the 31st minute and Alex Haug later supplied a low-driven 20-yard scoring strike to lead Cascade Christian to the District 4 win at U.S. Cellular.

The Challengers (5-6-1, 4-4 Dist. 4) controlled the balance of possession, with Haug supplying constant pressure on offense and Hannah Hocking steadying matters on defense.

As the league's No. 3 seed, Cascade Christian will play at No. 2 seed Rogue River next Saturday in a league playoff.

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