Class 6A girls soccer — Newberg falls 4-1 at Tualatin, but grinds out a 2-0 victory over Century Monday to move into a tie for third place

Despite suffering a 4-1 defeat at defending league champion Tualatin on Oct. 8, the Newberg girls soccer team stayed in the race to earn an automatic bid to the state playoffs by carving out a 2-0 victory over Century Monday at Loran Douglas Field.

The Timberwolves scored three times in the first half to get the jump on the Tigers and, despite a second half goal from prolific forward Megan Myers, dealt Newberg its first loss this season in the Pacific Conference last week. by: SETH GORDON - Isabella Vargas controls the ball in the Tigers 2-0 victory over Century Monday

After five days off, the Tigers returned to action against the Jaguars, with Myers scoring once in each half to lift her total for the season to 15 through 10 games.

“When we play crossing runs and do (what) we’re supposed to do, we create opportunities for ourselves,” head coach Jon Halstead said. “That’s what we did on those two goals. When we run straight ahead, we don’t create too many opportunities for ourselves.”

Century never really threatened in the game, as Newberg controlled play and easily turned away the Jaguars’ attempts to play the long ball, but the Tigers weren’t exactly hitting on all cylinders, either.

“There were some good performances, but as a team, we had to figure it out and grind it out,” Halstead said. “I thought we did a good job of that."

The win got the Tigers (6-3-1 overall, 3-1 Pacific Conference) back in the fight for a third-place finish and the automatic state playoff berth that goes with it. Newberg is currently tied with Hillsboro for that spot and because both teams play their next two games, alternatively, against Forest Grove and first-place Tigard, the tie could be broken when the two squads face off against each other in the season finale Oct. 24 in Newberg.

The Tigers, who are ranked No. 11 in the current OSAA power rankings, will play at Forest Grove Wednesday, then host Tigard Oct. 22.

“You’ve got to be ready to play every game in our league,” Halstead said. “The trophy at the end is third or higher. That gets us an opportunity to host a playoff game, an opportunity to avoid a play-in game. If you make the playoffs directly, you’re probably going to play against somebody lower ranked, which is a better opportunity to make it to the second round. That’s really where we want to get to. That’s our goal.”

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