St. Mary’s pulls away from Cascade Christian

The St. Mary’s girls soccer team won its fifth straight match by defeating Cascade Christian 3-1 on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Meghan Michels, Gabi Castillo and Maddie Wheelock scored one goal apiece and Sara Klott had a pair of assists for St. Mary’s, which swept the season series against Cascade Christian to solidify its first-place standing in District 5.

The Crusaders (6-3, 5-1 Dist. 5) went up 1-0 in the fifth minute when Klott sent a perfectly timed pass to Michels, who looped the ball into the net over the keeper from about 20 yards out.

The Challengers (7-3-1, 4-2) came back to tie it in the 15th minute, when Saiah Merrihew scored off a cross by Bryton Plankenhorn.

St. Mary’s went ahead to stay in the 24th minute, when Castillo put in a header off a corner kick by Klott, who put the ball into the side of the goal unchallenged.

Wheelock padded the lead in the second half when she cut through several Challengers defenders and slotted a high shot past the keeper.

Cascade Christian had several solid scoring chances in the final 10 minutes, but was denied, as St. Mary’s goalkeeper Adrien Birmingham went the distance and played a key role in the Crusaders’ victory.

“It was a well-contested game, the play was end to end and both teams put in absolutely everything,” Challengers coach Mick Power said. “I just loved watching that game. It was a good example of how a high school soccer game should go. It was played in great spirit for a crosstown rivalry game.”

St. Mary’s next plays Saturday in a key nonleague match against top-ranked and undefeated Oregon Episcopal of Portland, the defending 3A state champion.

LAKEVIEW 7, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Lakeview, Rogue River was shut out by Lakeview in a District 5 match.


ST. MARY’S 4, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN 0: At Canyonville, St. Mary’s remained undefeated in District 5 by overcoming a frustrating first half in which the teams played to a scoreless tie.

Andrew Michels, Weston Grant, Luka Cvijanovic and Andrew Rietman each scored a goal for the Crusaders (9-1, 9-0 Dist. 5), who won their ninth straight match.

The Pilots (6-4-1, 5-3-1) lost for the second time this to St. Mary’s, which outscored them 10-0 combined.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2: At Cave Junction, Cascade Christian solidified its second-place standing in District 5 by defeating Illinois Valley.

The Challengers (8-3, 7-3 Dist. 5) beat the Cougars (5-4, 5-4) for the second time this season.

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