By John Gillis
On Thursday, October 17, two members of the always-tough Portland/Beaverton, Oregon-area Metro League will collide in a pivotal girls soccer contest. Click here to watch the game on the NFHS Network.
In that game, Beaverton (Oregon) Southridge High School will visit Portland (Oregon) Jesuit High School. Entering the game, Jesuit is 8-0-3 overall and leads the league with a 5-0-2 record. Meanwhile, Southridge is 6-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play, just a half-game out of second place.
Adding drama to the story is the fact that on September 26, Jesuit defeated host Southridge, 1-0. Tonight’s game will be the return engagement of the series at Jesuit.
Through its first 11 games, Jesuit has outscored (and shut out) its opposition, 29-0. Despite Jesuit’s daunting season-long defense, Southridge coach Jeffrey Lim feels that his Skyhawks learned from their first encounter and will be up to the task.
“We took away from that first game that we can compete with them,” Lim said. “The one thing you learn playing Jesuit is they are so sound and are a deep program. Even their subs are really talented players. You have to be mistake-free.”
On the other side, Jesuit coach Steve Fennah’s Crusaders have great respect for Southridge.
“Although Southridge is a relatively new school to the conference, it has grown during that time under coach Lim,” Fennah said. “They are a strong physical team and a very competitive program. They are a very dangerous team, so you have to be smart defensively.”
Coach Lim points to a pair of seniors and a junior who have particularly guided Southridge’s fortunes this fall.
“With five goals so far this season, junior midfielder Andie Giles is our top goal-scorer,” Lim began. “She’s real calm on the ball; a real sound and smart player who leads by example. She was both all-league and honorable-mention all-state last year.”
“Maddie Misi is a senior defender who is a very dominant player. She is extremely athletic, covers a lot of ground, and can run and jump. She also was all-league last year, she brings a ton of leadership, and really provides a commanding presence.
“Senior forward Hayley Debois is a team captain for us. She is extremely active up front creating opportunities. Hayley is very good tracking the ball, and forces opposing teams into turnovers with her tremendous work ethic.”
Similarly, coach Fennah cites two seniors and a junior who have distinguished themselves for the Crusaders this year.
“Lexi Frey, who is a senior center defender, reads the game very well,” Fennah said. “She is a good tackler who makes things happen out of the backfield.
“Another standout senior for us is right back defender Ari Hudson. She is a very good defender, but the way we play she looks for our side defenders to initiate our defense.
“Madi Kincaid, who is a junior forward, is our leading scorer. She is very mobile with a good eye for the goal.”