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GIRLS SOCCER: Abi Hoffman nets the winning goal on a long-range free kick in the 63rd minute

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlows Abbie Nelson settles a ball in front of the Oregon City goal during the first half of Saturdays 2-1 playoff win.



6A GIRLS SOCCER
First-round playoff

Team Score
Barlow
2
Oregon City
1


The Barlow girls soccer team saved its season with a pair of second-half goals to turn away Oregon City's upset bid 2-1 in Saturday's first-round playoff match.

The Bruins, one of four unbeaten teams at the big-school level, found themselves trailing 1-0 after giving up a goal to Oregon City's Taylor Salisbury in the opening minutes of the second half.

Barlow looked to answer when Abbie Nelson got loose on a run down the middle only to see Oregon City's Kaydyn Guelsdorf crash the scene at the last moment and deflect the ball off her cleat. It bounced to Barlow's Mikayla Topaum, who deflected it into the net, but not before being ruled offsides by the line judge.

Moments late, Barlow got off another blast only to have Oregon City defender Maddy Phelps twist her body and block the ball with her side, which left her hunched over while Barlow set up for the ensuing corner kick.

Barlow would cash in its next opportunity when Nelson got loose on another run deep down the right side and beat the diving goalie with a low shot inside the far post.

"Kennedie (Shuler) got the ball through the defense. I just had to catch up to it and look for the corners," Nelson said. "We worked hard to stay positive, and it was a great feeling when that one went in."

That left each side with 30 minutes in regulation to hunt the winning goal.

Oregon City got the first chance when Jaynie Rust went on a dangerous run into the box that ended in a collision with Barlow goalie Elizabeth Springer 15 yards out.

Barlow flipped the field and dinged the frame twice, but nothing went into the net.

The first chance saw Nelson cross a ball through the box with Topaum on the other end for a header that skipped off the turf and hit the post.

A few minutes later, Abi Hoffman attempted a sharp-angled shot from the right side that struck metal and spun across the mouth of the goal. Topaum was on the scene again with a header that went over the top and got trapped in the top netting.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlows Kennedie Shuler runs onto a bouncing ball in the Bruins attacking zone.

The Barlow girls soccer team saved its season with a pair of second-half goals to turn away Oregon City's upset bid 2-1 in Saturday's first-round playoff match.

The Bruins, one of four unbeaten teams at the big-school level, found themselves trailing 1-0 after giving up a goal to Oregon City's Taylor Salisbury in the opening minutes of the second half.

Barlow looked to answer when Abbie Nelson got loose on a run down the middle only to see Oregon City's Kaydyn Guelsdorf crash the scene at the last moment and deflect the ball off her cleat. It bounced to Barlow's Mikayla Topaum, who deflected it into the net, but not before being ruled offsides by the line judge.

Moments late, Barlow got off another blast only to have Oregon City defender Maddy Phelps twist her body and block the ball with her side, which left her hunched over while Barlow set up for the ensuing corner kick.

Barlow would cash in its next opportunity when Nelson got loose on another run deep down the right side and beat the diving goalie with a low shot inside the far post.

"Kennedie (Shuler) got the ball through the defense. I just had to catch up to it and look for the corners," Nelson said. "We worked hard to stay positive, and it was a great feeling when that one went in."

That left each side with 30 minutes in regulation to hunt the winning goal.

Oregon City got the first chance when Jaynie Rust went on a dangerous run into the box that ended in a collision with Barlow goalie Elizabeth Springer 15 yards out.

Barlow flipped the field and dinged the frame twice, but nothing went into the net.

The first chance saw Nelson cross a ball through the box with Topaum on the other end for a header that skipped off the turf and hit the post.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlow striker Abi Hoffman watches a first-half shot hit the crossbar.

A few minutes later, Abi Hoffman attempted a sharp-angled shot from the right side that struck metal and spun across the mouth of the goal. Topaum was on the scene again with a header that went over the top and got trapped in the top netting.

Next up, the flow turned to Oregon City's attacking zone where Phelps hit a free kick that forced Springer to drop to her knees for the save. Bailey Gray would hit another close range free kick over the cross bar, and Harley Daniel slid down to put a ball on target that forced Springer to make a save at the near post.

Barlow would control play in Oregon City's end of the field for much of the final 20 minutes, getting the winning goal with 17:12 to play on Hoffman's free kick from 40 yards out. She hit a power shot that dove to the turf as it approached the goal, slipping underneath the keeper and inside the post.

"There was a little corner of the goal open, and I found it," Hoffman said. "I just had to take my time, make it and accurate shot and drill it."

Hoffman almost added an insurance goal with a blast from 25 yards out that Oregon City goalie Nova Ceperich was able to tip over the bar.

Oregon City's last gasp came as the clock moved under five minutes, and Rust played a roller ahead into the attacking zone. Teammate Daniel gave chase down the center of the field, but Barlow defender Rachel Maness was a step ahead and arrived in time to clear the ball out the side.

It marked Oregon City's only dangerous ball over the final 20 minutes.

"I've always been a speedy player, so on something like that I just zone out and go full speed," Maness said. "We talked at halftime about holding our line and not to let anything through. We played with composure and that created more chances for us in the second half."

Barlow (13-0-2) hosts St. Mary's (6-6-3) in a second-round match at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The Blues upset No. 9 Sunset in a penalty-kick shootout Saturday.

The Bruins created a pair of high-quality chances in the middle of the first half with Topaum slotting a ball into the middle for Nelson near the penalty dot. Her close-range shot was denied on a diving save by Ceperich.

Barlow's next attack saw Hoffman take a touch around a defender before going top shelf from 15 yards out. She had turned toward midfield with her arms halfway up to celebrate when the ball hit the bottom of the crossbar and stayed out of the net.


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