Junior Carter Hendrickson scored the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute as Oregon rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to defeat Sauk Prairie 4-2 in a WIAA Division 2 sectional final at Wilmot on Saturday night.
Sophomore Collin Bjerke added a goal in the 88th minute for the Panthers (16-4-3) to put the game away.
Hendrickson’s go-ahead score came off a cross from Nick Borden.
“They were a bit down on themselves at half,” Oregon coach Chris Mitchell said of his team. “Sauk Prairie capitalized on their opportunities early and we really had to pick the guys up and get them to believe in themselves.
“We tweaked a few things defensively and on the back line, but they owned it and were able to execute when they needed to and ended up getting the job done.”
With the win, Oregon advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2014. The Panthers most recently won the state title in 2013.
Colin McCombs and Madison Conduah scored three minutes apart early in the second half to tie the game for the Panthers.
Evan Carlson scored on a penalty kick and Juan Herrera Jr. had a goal in the 37th minute for the Eagles (16-5-3).
The Panthers will play New Richmond (18-6-1), Waukesha West (18-2-1) or Whitefish Bay (23-0-0) in a Division 2 state semifinal at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.
For the first time, state tournament pairings and times won’t be determined until after a coaches’ seeding meeting this morning.
Mount Horeb 2, Evansville 0
Senior Tommy Winkler scored in the 11th minute followed by a Jaden Neumann goal in the 13th as the No. 3 ranked Vikings (17-4-1) defeated the Blue Devils (14-3-3) to win the McFarland sectional at Madison Area Technical College.
Winkler and Neumann were each assisted by senior Jacob Culberson. Winkler recorded his first career varsity goal in the process and Neumann now has 82 goals in his career, including 23 this season.
Ben Leis had a two-save shutout for Mount Horeb, which will meet Amery (19-1-2), Delavan-Darien (24-1-3) or Plymouth (17-3-2) in a state semifinal at 4:30 or 7 p.m. Friday.