Jon Eagle reached the 6A final by beating his good friend Steve Pyne – who was trying to dissuade Eagle from taking the job at West Linn! > Oregon

By Paul Valencia | Photos by Ken Waz

Guess it takes a state champion to beat a state champion.

Jon Eagle, a two-time state champion soccer coach in Washington, will seek his first state championship in Oregon after his West Linn Lions defeated Central Catholic, led by four-time state champion coach Steve Pyne.

These two friends knew that if Eagle actually took the job at West Linn, they would eventually face each other in a big game.

In fact, Pyne attempted to steer Eagle away from the position when the two spoke in early 2022 when Eagle was trying to decide whether to return to high school coaching.