BREAK THE CHAINS: Marist Finishes The Job And Take Home Their First Soccer Crown

Hillsboro — Liberty High School played host to the 4A and 3A/2A/1A soccer state championships on Saturday in Hillsboro, with teams vying for the opportunity to take home a state title. In the second game of the day, #1 Marist Catholic faced against #2 Hidden Valley in the 4A state championship. Top-ranked Marist entered seeking their first state championship in school history, having gone winless in their first five attempts at the crown. Meanwhile, Hidden Valley looked to avenge their loss in the 4A title game last season to Woodburn and win their fourth title in school history and their first since 2018.

Hidden Valley’s Gena Hoxsey battles for possession with Marist’s Ella Braunger, Photo: Elite Oregon Girls

The game was a scoreless battle for the first part of the opening half, with the teams fighting tightly for possession and finding a hole. Marist put pressure on Hidden Valley around midway through the first half, ripping off their first real attempts and finally breaking through in the 29th minute, as Cloe Chase popped it over the goalkeeper and in for the goal on a great read from Paige Meador to get Marist ahead 1-0 over Hidden Valley. A few minutes later, the Mustangs would get a couple header attempts in the box, but they both went high of the net and they remained scoreless. Hidden Valley goalkeeper Harley Hipps fought off a couple Sela Freeman shots at the end of the half to keep it a 1-0 Marist lead at halftime. Marist got off five shots with four being on goal, while Hidden Valley managed three shots but only one on goal in the first half.

With five minutes gone by into the second half, Marist caught a break when Cloe Chase was fouled in the box and setup a penalty kick for Sela Freeman, and Sela delivered a strike to extend the advantage to 2-0 Marist in the 45th minute against Hidden Valley. The Mustangs would be frustrated offensively by a stiff Marist defense, who wouldn’t give much breathing room to an attack on goalkeeper Emily Meigs. The final 30 plus minutes remained the same dominant defense that Marist had shown in the game, and a couple insurance goals in the 76th and 77th minutes by Paige Meador and Sela Freeman proved to be the nail on the Mustangs coffin. Marist won their first state title in school history with a firm 4-0 win over Hidden Valley, after five previous chances at the crown fell short for the Spartans.

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