Newberg boys soccer off to strong start
With its non-league schedule nearing its conclusion, the Newberg High School boys soccer team is 4-2 and ranked No. 22 in the state by the OSAA. Included in the Tigers' strong showing early in the season was a three-game winning streak with a wide scoring margin.
Newberg went on the road to beat Barlow 4-0 on Sept. 14, then followed that up with an 8-0 thrashing of Dallas on the road Sept. 16. After that the Tigers returned home Sept. 20 to face a solid McNary squad, emerging victorious by a margin of 3-2.
Newberg's win streak came to an end with a 2-0 home loss to Mountainside on Sept. 22, but it will have a chance to get back on the winning track with a road game at Grant on Sept. 28. The Generals are 5-1 and ranked No. 8 in the state as of Sept. 24, so the contest will prove a big test for the Tigers to wrap non-league play.
So far this season, Newberg girls soccer is struggling to find its footing. A young team working to develop under a new coach, the Tigers are 1-4-2 with one more non-league game remaining.
Newberg's lone win was 4-0 over Parkrose on Sept. 13. On Sept. 15, they lost 2-0 to Southridge. On Sept. 20, Newberg tied Roosevelt 0-0. Two days later, the Tigers lost 5-1 to Tigard.
A Sept. 28 home game against Hillsboro wraps things up before Newberg commences its Pacific Conference schedule.
Newberg's volleyball team may be the best among its fall sports squads. The Tigers (9-3, 4-1 Pacific Conference) are on a roll, winners of six in a row and not having surrendered a single set during the streak.
After a narrow five-set loss to Sherwood on Sept. 14, Newberg beat Liberty 3-0; Canby, Glencoe and Churchill 2-0 in tournament play; Century 3-0; and McMinnville 3-0. In all nine of Newberg's victories this season, their opponents haven't managed to win a single set.
That could be a sign of a strong postseason run to come for the No. 16 Tigers, who compete in the Westview tournament on Saturday before traveling to Forest Grove and Glencoe on Sept. 28 and 30, respectively.
Newberg cross-country competed in multiple events this month, among them the Meriwether Classic meet in Hillsboro Sept. 17.
Among the boys, twin juniors Anthony and Zachary Giesch had the top finishes among Newberg runners, placing seventh and 14th with times of 15:28.82 and 1548.39, respectively. The girls' top finisher was senior Breanna Schmitt, who finished fourth in 18:32.84.
Newberg also faced McMinnville in a dual meet in Forest Grove on Sept. 22. The Giesch twins finished first and second for the boys in 16:13.50 for Zachary and 16:29.30 for Anthony. For the girls, Schmitt finished first in 20:11.60.
Newberg's girls water polo team is 5-1 on the season, with a recent lopsided loss to a top tier opponent. The Tigers' most recent wins were 10-8 over Mountainside on Sept. 13 and 10-4 over West Albany on Sept. 15; the loss was 12-3 versus Barlow on Sept. 20.
The Newberg boys are also 5-1 with a 17-9 to Barlow on Sept. 20. Before that, though, they beat West Albany 12-2 and Mountainside 19-10.
For more information on Newberg's various sports teams and updated scores as they are posted, visit the Newberg page on OSAA.org or go to NewbergTigers.org.
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