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Barlow girls soccer saddened by loss, proud of Mt. Hood Conference League title

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Barlow junior defender Maci Bowman makes an athletic play during the teams 2-1 OT loss in playoffs. Coming out of a pandemic season last spring in which teams were only able to play one final match, Barlow girls soccer was hungry for a deep playoff run.

The Bruins had won the Mt. Hood Conference for the fourth year in a row, with a 6-1-1 league record, and was matched up in round one of playoffs with the higher-seed Oregon City.

"The amount of time the girls put into the program and their commitment and dedication was special," said Coach Jay Jacobsen. "I'm really proud of our 9 seniors — they showed the younger girls what the expectations are for this team."

It was a close match last Saturday, Oct. 30, but the Bruins came up short in overtime losing 2-1.

"We played really well and still lost — that is the game of soccer for you," Jacobsen said. "I told the girls to keep their heads up and not take away from what they accomplished. The Bruins win gracefully and lose gracefully."

From the opening kick, Barlow came out aggressive against Oregon City, maintaining possession and firing chances toward goal. Senior forward Naomi Whipps found the opener 15 minutes in, scoring off an assist from senior forward Abbie Nelson.

But Oregon City tied things up right before halftime with a penalty kick.

In overtime — which is two extra 10 minute periods — both teams seemed to be fatigued as the aggressive match was causing some tired legs. Right before things would have been sent to a penalty shootout, the referee awarded the Pioneers with a free kick from about 35 yards out. The kick bounced into the box, and an Oregon City player was able to knock it into the goal for the game-winner.

"Sometimes you can win on the field and lose on the scoreboard," Jacobsen said.

Things will look different for Barlow heading into next season. The team is losing several key starters that they will have to replace. But Jacobsen is optimistic about how his young team will be able to perform.

"We will be young, but we have some talent," he said.

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All-American honor

Barlow Coach Jay Jacobsen has been invited to join the coaching staff of a match featuring some of the best high school girls soccer players in the country.

Jacobsen, who has coached Bruins girls varsity soccer for 5 seasons, will join the staff for Team "West" in the High School All-American match on Dec. 11 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The team features 20 girls from high schools in the western part of the country, who will be facing off against their eastern counterparts.

"I'm really excited and looking forward to it, but it's humbling because I owe it all to the players who have come through Barlow and made me a better coach," Jacobsen said.


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