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Bruins cruise passed Saxons with goals from Katya Tercek, Kennedie Shuler in first round playoff game

PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - Barlow girls' soccer win their first round playoff match, beating South Salem 5-0 on Saturday, Oct. 29. 
The Barlow High School girls' soccer team take a first round playoff match as they beat South Salem 5-0 on Saturday, Oct. 29 at home.

PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - Barlow's Kennedie Shuler scoring her first goal of the night in the Bruin's win over South Salem. First Half

The Bruins stated off the first half hot, making sure they took care of the little things like passing and handling the ball.

"Obviously we were nervous in the beginning, but as soon as we stepped on to the field it was game mode," said team captain Maci Bowman.

In no time at all the Bruins managed to navigate passed the South Salem defenses. A cross to Bruin Katya Tercek was tapped into the goal for Barlow's first goal of the night.

The early deficit wasn't enough to bring down the visiting Saxons, who retaliated with a shot of their own that would be stopped by the Barlow goalkeeper.

The Barlow defense kept the ball in front of them and never let the Saxons get off a clean shot. Barlow forward Kennedie Shuler was the next to score, taking a shot just beyond the penalty area. The goals kept coming when minutes later senior Josie Deline dropped a beautiful shot over the South Salem goalie to make it 3-0 entering half time.

PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - It was all smiles for the Bruins after senior Josie Deline dropped a perfect ball into the goal on a free kick. Second Half

Despite being down, the visiting Saxons continued to put up the pressure and fought for ever ball. Any renewed optimism the visiting team had coming into the second half would be smothered when Tercek snuck a ball passed the goalie from a cross.

Like in the first half, South Salem's shots came from difficult angles and often with a Barlow defender right on their heels. "I think everyone showed up for each other and covered for each other," Deline said. "You can't hold a team to zero without showing up for each other. Otherwise, someone is going to get through."

The Bruins would finish off the game with a shot from Shuler that ricocheted off a South Salem defender into the goal.

PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - Despite the crooked final score, the South Salem squad put up a fight from start to finish. Post-Game and Next Match

"We came out with a lot of energy, and I thought we possessed the ball really well," said Barlow head coach Jay Jacobson. "In the last couple of games, we have been making a lot of chances, but we have never been able to finish so tonight was evidence that we were able to finish."

The Bruins continue their playoff campaign against West Linn at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at West Linn High School.

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