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Oregon’s Elise Boyd celebrates a goal during the Panthers’ 5-0 win over Cedarburg in a WIAA Division 2 state semifinal on Thursday, June 16, at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

Zoey Pagels draws plenty of attention.

The senior forward used that to her advantage on Thursday.

Pagels put on a masterful performance as the UW-Green Bay commit piled up three assists and scored once during the Oregon girls soccer team’s 5-0 win over Cedarburg in a WIAA Division 2 state semifinal on June 16 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

“She pulled people away from the middle of the field, which is exactly what we wanted her to do,” Oregon head coach Bobby Nichols said. “She’s a stud.”

With the win, Oregon (22-0-1) advances to take on Whitefish Bay in the Division 2 state title game on Saturday, June 18, at Uihlein Soccer Park at 11 a.m.

Whitefish Bay comes in as the No. 1 seed. The Panthers will play as the No. 2 seed, despite being the No. 1 ranked team not only in the state, but the nation.

“It’s going to take our best,” Nichols said. “They’re (Whitefish Bay) going to come out hungry. We’re very hungry because we have a chip on our shoulders from the ranking. We’re going to come after them and try to show them who the true No. 1 is. That’s our goal.”

Oregon certainly looked the part of the state’s top team on Thursday.

A big reason why was because of Pagels’ performance. The senior entered the state semifinal with 24 goals and a team-best 17 assists.

Pagels had no issues showing why she’s the team’s top passer as she assisted or scored on the first four goals of the game.

“It’s been so much fun,” said Pagels regarding the connection with her teammates. “Being good friends with them and having chemistry on the field is really nice. We know where to be for each other.”

That was the case when Pagels found senior Lauren Janssens cutting to the goal in the 24th minute. Janssens put the shot away to give Oregon a 1–0 lead.

“I feel like we had the chances right away, but I think we were really frantic with them,” Pagels said. “Once we got into the game more, calmed down, we were ready to put them away.”

The Panthers’ punches came in a flurry as Pagels assisted on another score, this time to junior forward Elise Boyd in the 30th minute.

In the 31st, it was Pagels turn as she buried a left-footed shot into the back of the net to extend the Oregon lead to 3-0.

“It felt really good,” Pagels said. “I was really excited. It feels good to keep the score rising and show the other team what we can do.”

The Panthers would take that 3-0 advantage into halftime.

Pagels assisted on her third goal of the game in the 62nd when she connected with freshman Addison Werth on a header to make it 4-0.

Junior Ashley Wolfe capped the scoring on an unassisted, breakaway goal in the 75th minute.

The win was Oregon’s 21st shutout of the season.

“Our defense is really strong back there and they’re really good at stepping to balls,” Pagels said.

The last time Oregon and Whitefish Bay met was the 2019 state title where the Panthers won in a shootout. The Panthers and Blue Dukes also met in the boys state final in the fall where Oregon won 3-1.

The Panthers wouldn’t mind if recent history repeated itself.

“We want to go out there and show them why we should have got the one seed,” Pagels said.

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