Barlow girls clinch Mount Hood crown
6A GIRLS SOCCER
Mount Hood Conference
The Barlow girls soccer team notched four goals in the first half and would repeat that feat over the final 40 minutes to claim an 8-0 win at Centennial on Thursday night, locking up the Mount Hood Conference title in the process.
Centennial tried to break up the shutout bid coming out for the second half, spending the first five minutes mostly in Barlow's end of the field and putting a shot on target only to see Barlow goalie Elizabeth Springer come up with the save.
The Bruins settled into their groove before long, ratcheting the lead up to 5-0 when Mikayla Topaum was on the receiving end of a free kick, settling the ball 30 yards out and sending a shot over the outstretched goalie and inside the far post.
In less time than it takes for a slice of toast to pop up, Topaum had struck again.
This time Abi Hoffman made a run into the corner and crossed a pass for Topaum, who hit a two-hopper that skipped inside the near post.
The Hoffman and Topaum combo paid off again in the 60th minute, this time with Hoffman on the scoring end with a laser into the top corner from 35 yards out.
Topaum and Hoffman each finished with two goals and two assists, while Kennedie Shuler scored once and assisted on another. Also finding the net were Naomi Whipps, Corina Toth and Rianna Strain.
Closing out the regular season with games against the bottom half of the league ladder, Barlow has outscored its opponents 24-2 over the past three games.
Barlow (11-0-2) is one of four unbeaten teams at the 6A level and sits No. 8 in the latest OSAA rankings — that would keep the Bruins on their home field through the first two rounds of the playoffs, which begin Saturday.
"I feel really good about how we are playing right now," Barlow coach Jay Jacobsen said. "The chemistry, determination and mindset are all where they need to be at this point of the season."
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