PHOENIX, Ore-- You could call it a Cinderella story. The Phoenix Pirates boys soccer team found themselves in the state championship game on Saturday in Hillsboro. They haven't made it to the title game since 2011.
"It means the world to me. This is what a bunch of kids dream of especially through high school. It's awesome seeing everyone rally behind us especially all the text that I got just letting us know that everyone was supporting us so it was really cool," said Dominic Mccarthy.
The Pirates loss to the Ontario Tigers 1-0. Although regardless of the outcome, the community is still proud of the team's hard work throughout the season. Family members and soccer fans across Phoenix celebrated the teams success today with a parade which the seniors were escorted to on a firetruck.
"I didn't understand this early on but as you get older and start coaching a lot more. A little luck also plays in our favor. We had a little bad luck to start the game out and so we got behind there early and then we had to kind of play on our heels. You know, we played a heck of a game and I was very proud of them," said Head Coach Chris Gallegos. "It just makes all of us proud. The boys came together at the right time. It's just for the community and the school and everybody, it's just been a great following. You know, I have to say to the community thank you for backing us all this way and we couldn't have done it without them."
NewsWatch 12 Sports' Madyson Marie has more on the story.