Position switch has aided Henley’s run to title match

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The Henley Hornets boys soccer team has outscored their OSAA 4A State Championship tournament opponents by a score of 10-2 entering Saturday’s championship match with Sisters at Liberty High School in the Portland area.

The goals allowed number has been impressive for Henley, but when talking with the Henley captains and coach Lupe Gonzales earlier this week on Goofing Around, the transfer of a key defender to the offensive side of the field has helped the Hornets tremendously in the postseason.

Henley boys soccer junior Jacob Mangan

The move of sophomore Lake Peterson from defender to forward has consistently produced goals, much like his two in the 4-0 semifinal win over North Bend last Tuesday.

Henley senior James Goheen

Head coach Lupe Gonzales believes his players can play wherever they are needed and Peterson’s success is an example. The defense didn’t drop off because of the move either. North Bend had scored seven playoff goals before getting shutout by Henley.

Henley head coach Lupe Gonzales

Sisters defeated Henley 2-1 on Sept. 14.

The title match starts at 3:30 p.m. and a video feed will be offered through the NFHS/OSAA Network

OSAA Soccer State Championship Finals

6A Boys at Hillsboro Stadium
Jesuit vs Central Catholic – 3:30 p.m. 

6A Girls at Hillsboro Stadium
Sunset vs Tualatin – 6 p.m.

5A Boys at Hillsboro Stadium
Hood River Valley vs Summit – 10:30 a.m. 

5A Girls at Hillsboro Stadium
Wilson vs Summit – 1 p.m.

4A Boys at Liberty High School
Henley vs Sisters – 3:30 p.m. 

4A Girls at Liberty High School
Scappoose vs La Grande – 6 p.m. 

3A/2A/1A Boys at Liberty High School
St. Mary’s vs Oregon Episcopal – 1 p.m.

3A/2A/1A Girls at Liberty High School
Valley Catholic vs Oregon Episcopal - 10:30 a.m.