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The Crusaders ended their remarkable 2017 soccer season on a high note this past Saturday with the No. 2 nationally ranked women's team taking home the class 6A Oregon State Championship title and the men's team finishing second in the state. Both teams played with heart and a fierce determination throughout the season.
The valiant Crusader women broke more than a few records in 2017. The undefeated, untied women's team scored 86 goals this fall. That's the most goals ever scored by a women's team in class 6A Oregon history. The women also allowed only two goals scored by any opponent all season long, another classification best.
Reporter Amanda Miles covered the women's championship match for the Oregonian/OregonLive:
HILLSBORO – Jesuit has produced more than its fair share of top-notch girls soccer teams over the years.
The 2017 edition should probably go up there among the best of them. The Crusaders (19-0) put on a composed and masterful display of team soccer Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium, dusting Metro League rival Sunset 4-0 to claim the Class 6A state title. It was the Crusaders' second championship in the past three seasons and 12th overall.
"It never gets old," said Jesuit coach Steve Fennah, who has coached the Crusaders to seven of those titles. "That's one thing for sure. Every time's different, but every time is special as well."
The Crusaders earned this one in convincing fashion, using sophisticated movement off the ball and combination play to come at the Apollos defense in waves.
"We knew that it was going to be a tough game, because it's always a tough game against Sunset," said Jesuit senior Emma Treasure, who scored her team's second goal. "They'll always be our rivals. It meant a lot to be here again and play them, because in the semis last year we lost in PKs to them and that was pretty rough. We came back wanting to get another state title." Continue reading on OregonLive.
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