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Senior forward Gabby Brown scores twice for the Tigers in 3-2 first-round state playoff loss

COURTESY PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER GERMANO - Tigard senior Gabby Brown (21) scored on a pair of header shots, off of corner kicks, in the Tigers 3-2 state playoff loss at Sunset.The Tigard High School girls soccer team never stopped battling.

The Tigers even battled themselves back into a tie match.

But Tigard came up one goal short.

The Tigers, after falling behind 2-0, came back to tie Sunset at 2-2, before the Apollos were able to get a 3-2 victory in a Class 6A state playoff first-round match played Saturday at Sunset High School.

With the win, Sunset, the No. 3 team out of the Metro League, improved to 10-3-2 on the season. The Apollos also move on to host Canby in a Class 6A state playoff second-round match on Wednesday. COURTESY PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER GERMANO - Tigard senior Gabby Brown is congratulated by her Tiger teammates after scoring a goal in Saturdays state playoff contest at Sunset.Tigard, the No. 8 team out of the Three Rivers League, finished its season with a final overall record of 8-7.

Sunset, in Saturday's match, took a 1-0 lead to halftime behind a penalty-kick goal by senior Haley Leavens. The Apollos then upped the margin to 2-0 in the second half.

But that's when the Tigers came fighting back. Tigard got a pair of header goals by senior forward Gabby Brown, both coming off of corner kicks, to tie the match at 2-2.

Sunset would end up getting the game-winner on a goal by junior Stephanie Niebergall, coming off an assist by senior Laurie Fuller, giving the Apollos a 3-2 victory.

COURTESY PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER GERMANO - Tigard High School sophomore Lydia Emory hits a running header during the Tigers state playoff match at Sunset.The playoff loss marked the final high school match for Tigard seniors Natalie Carlson, Kelsie Boschma, Sydney Leinberger, Delaney Kludt, Kyleigh Layman, Brown, Rachelle Diaz-Boyas, Grace Biggs and Ava Damis.

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