Franklin boys soccer team makes history by winning state championship11/18/2019
The Franklin High School boys soccer team made history Saturday, winning a state championship for the first time in program history, with a 2-1 overtime win over Summit in the Class 6A final at Hillsboro Stadium.
Junior midfielder Andrew Reed scored the winning goal on a header with 6 minutes, 42 seconds left in the second overtime, on a deftly-placed left-footed cross from junior Jackson Kincaid-Osborn.
The Lightning won the state title a week after the Franklin boys cross country team won the Class 6A championship. Before that, the last Franklin state team title in any sport came in 1959, by the boys basketball team. Franklin has won three other state titles, in boys basketball in 1921 and 1956, and boys track and field in 1929.
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Franklin became the third Portland Interscholastic League team to win the state boys soccer title, joining Grant in 2008 and Lincoln in 2015. The Lightning won despite being a seeming underdog, seeded No. 14 in the Oregon School Activities Association bracket, which is determined by a computer ranking. Franklin became the lowest seed to win the 6A boys soccer title since the OSAA switched to a computer system in 2013.
The Lightning’s lower seeding came despite the fact that they were co-champions with Lincoln in the PIL, with a 5-0-2 league record. In the state playoffs, Franklin beat three fellow PIL teams, including Lincoln and Grant, the two teams they tied with during league play. Franklin got to the championship game by beating Cleveland 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals.
In the final against Summit, the Lightning took a 1-0 lead 8:31 into the game when junior Riley Reisner kicked in a rebound from 5 yards out. Summit tied the game with 7:33 left in regulation. Senior goalkeeper Gael Salas-Lara earned chants of “M-V-P!” from the Franklin student section as he made seven saves.
Franklin's team roster:
Gael Salas-Lara, senior goalkeeper
Kai Fontenot, junior forward
Edwin Balbuena, junior defender
Riley Reisner, junior defender
Henry Walker, senior defender
Felix Moren, senior defender
Eli Pearson, senior midfielder
Andrew Reed, junior midfielder
Simon Eckel, senior defender
Finn Rueegger, senior forward
Eduardo Penuelas, junior defender
Nick Cox, junior defender
Darren Green, sophomore midfielder
Jackson Kincaid-Osborn, junior forward
Jonah Wald, junior midfielder
Larry Delgado-Lopez, sophomore forward
Angel Mejia-Flores, sophomore midfielder
Sebastian Snover-Pattie, junior defender
Vincent Rose, junior defender
Adam Moar, junior goalkeeper
Will Denniston, sophomore defender
Caden Davis, sophomore forward
Ty Kovatch is Franklin’s head coach. The assistant coaches are Scott Milham, Brian Baxter, Will Justice and Jesse Kirkpatrick.
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