SALEM — When Molly Day scored two minutes into the match, things were looking up for Summit. The early lead did not last, however, and the Storm’s first season in Class 6A ended in a 2-1 loss at West Salem in Wednesday’s second round of the state playoffs.
Less than two weeks earlier, Summit defeated Mountain Valley Conference rival West Salem by the same 2-1 score, also on the Titans’ home field, to clinch the league championship. This time was different, in no small part because the No. 9-seeded Storm were without senior defender Michaela Gorman, who was recently named MVC player of the year.
According to Summit coach Jamie Brock, Gorman was unable to play Wednesday because she suffered a concussion four days earlier in the Storm’s regular-season finale against Grants Pass.
“Nonetheless, we played great,” said Brock, refusing to use Gorman’s absence as an excuse.
Summit, last year’s 5A state champion, opened this season losing four of its first six games. The Storm turned it around, however, winning nine in a row — including a perfect 7-0 mark to win the MVC title — going into the postseason. After Day beat multiple West Salem defenders near the goal to put the visitors up 1-0, a 10th straight victory was in sight.
The No. 8-seeded Titans, though, tied the score 20 minutes into the half, and nine minutes later they went ahead on a penalty kick.
“Always tough to lose on a penalty kick,” Brock said.
Of course, the game was far from finished — but the scoring was complete.
Brock, who coached Summit to six state championships in 5A, said that despite the loss, she felt good about her team’s performance.
“We played an amazing second half, played our hearts out,” she said. “We just couldn’t find the back of the net.”
Jesuit 8, Bend 0: PORTLAND — No. 16 seed Bend was never in the game against No. 1 Jesuit, which had outscored opponents 99-1 and was 15-0 heading into the Class 6A second-round playoff match. “Our girls were excited to play, ready to play,” said Lava Bears coach Gavin Meyers. “But Jesuit is absolutely a great team.” The reigning 6A champions roared to an 8-0 halftime lead, and the margin likely would have been bigger if not for the play of junior goalie Jenna Cornett, whose busy night featured a save on a penalty kick in the first half. The Lava Bears, who beat Lake Oswego 1-0 in the first round, finished their first season in 6A with a record of 11-4-1.