Oregon goalkeeper Melia Moyer stepped up when her team needed her most in a shootout in the Division 2 state championship June 15 at Uilhlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.
Moyer stopped two kicks in the shootout against Whitefish Bay to help the second-ranked Panthers win their second state title in five years. Oregon won the shootout 4-1 after the score was tied at 1 at the end of regulation and two overtime periods.
The Panthers earned a shot at the title after shutting out Brookfield East 2-0 in the state semifinals June 13.
Oregon (18-0-1) made its fifth straight state appearance and won the championship for the first time since 2015. The Panthers finished with a school-record 103 goals and posted 15 shutouts, one away from the school record.
Senior defender Sydney McKee said the state title game was reminiscent of her freshman year, when Oregon to Homestead 2-1 in a shootout in the 2016 title game.
McKee, fellow seniors Randey Lewis and Katie Eisele and junior Emma Halverson scored in the shootout. Halverson gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead in the shootout, and Moyer kept the Panthers ahead with a diving save of Whitefish Bay’s Liz Murphy.
The Blue Dukes outshot the Panthers 24-8 and had 14 corner kicks, but Moyer stepped up big with 10 saves.
Whitefish Bay scored first in the 48th minute, but Oregon tied it four minutes later when junior Hanna Rohrer scored on a direct kick from 23 yards.