The Storm beat Wilson 4-2 for their second straight state crown
By: Grant Lucas
HILLSBORO — Shannon Patterson already had two state championships in her pocket. But both pale in comparison with this one.
On Saturday afternoon, the senior midfielder scored in the 17th minute to give Summit an early 1-0 lead. She followed that up with an assist on Christina Edwards’ 25th-minute score that sparked a run of three goals within five minutes that propelled the Storm to their second straight Class 5A girls soccer state championship.
The 4-2 victory over Wilson of Portland completed a Summit High sweep of the 5A titles. The Storm boys downed Hood River Valley in the previous game at Hillsboro Stadium for their first state championship.
Edwards finished with two goals and an assist, Megan Cornett added a score and an assist, and Summit, the top seed in the 16-team playoff bracket, defeated the 15th-seeded Trojans.
“I never really thought about senior year or anything,” Patterson said. “I’ve seen seniors go and everything, but being here now, knowing this is all our last (game) and everything, winning that state championship was more than anything I could have asked for.”
All four Summit goals came in the first half, beginning with Patterson’s score on a free kick. From about 25 yards out, she lofted the ball over the outstretched hands of Wilson goalkeeper Nikki Hogan and found the upper right corner of the goal.
In disbelief, Patterson collapsed to the ground, where she was rushed by teammates.
“I’ve had some terrible free kicks this season,” Patterson said. “Once that went in … I’m glad it was this game that it went in.”
With the victory, Summit (17-0-2) picked up its third state title in four years and joined Bend High as the only Central Oregon teams to win back-to-back championships. The win completed Summit’s sweep of the 5A state championships, a feat accomplished by no other program since the Oregon School Activities Association expanded to six classifications in 2006.
Saturday’s championship triumph also extended the Storm’s streak of games played without being defeated, which now stands at 36.
“It’s a testament to the girls,” Summit coach Jamie Brock said. “All the wins aside — it’s their play, it’s their attitude. They’re just a fun group of girls to be around, and they deserve every bit of it. The wins, it’s a pretty impressive streak, for sure. But again, a lot of it has to do with them and the passion for the game and them as a team, as well. They enjoy playing together, and it shows.”
Kenna Meinhart posted two goals for Wilson (8-7-3), which was in the state championship for the first time since 1977, but it was not enough to overcome a flurry of Storm goals midway through the first half.
“For a state final game, it’s usually 1-0. It’s really close,” said Edwards, who admittedly was shocked by the number of goals that were scored. “It just kept going back and forth, so I was really worried when they scored right after Shannon, but then we got on that roll. I was just like, ‘OK, this is in the bag. Let’s just keep playing our game.'”
Summit not only playing for but winning the state title has become an expectation now, according to Edwards. The sophomore midfielder has been a part of two championship teams already.
And, she said, “I’m hoping to go for three next year.”