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Bulldogs have held last three opponents scoreless, seek first post season victory since 1999

PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn sophomore Yahaira Rodriguez (left) congratulates freshman teammate Myranda Marquez, who scored the opening goal in the first half of the Bulldogs' 2-0 win over No. 7 Philomath on Tuesday.The Woodburn girls soccer team is hosting its first home post season game since 2013 when the Bulldogs take on the Astoria Fishermen tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Woodburn (7-5-2, 7-3-2 Oregon West Conference) secured their opportunity to host the play-in round of the state playoffs by virtue of a 2-0 victory over the No. 8 Philomath Warriors (10-3-1, 9-2-1 OWC) in their regular season finale Tuesday. The Bulldogs finished the year slated No. 14 in the OSAA rankings, giving the girls soccer team its second straight play-in berth under head coach Andrea Whitman.

It was the third consecutive shutout for the Bulldogs, who have gone 4-1-1 over the past month, outscoring opponents 18-5 in that span of time. Both teams had their opportunities to score throughout the contest, but it was Woodburn freshman Myranda Marquez who struck first, outsprinting a pair of Warrior defenders for a deep pass from teammate Miriam Barbosa.

Marquez was able to collect the pass and go one-on-one against the opposing keeper, slipping to the right side of the net to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the first half.

PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn senior Miriam Nava, decked out in colored hand prints to celebrate senior night at Woodburn High School on Tuesday, sends a pass up field in the Bulldogs' 2-0 win over Philomath.Barbosa gave the Woodburn girls an insurance goal in the second half to bring the game to its final margin of victory and send the Bulldogs into the post season on their first three-game win streak since the opening of the 2013 season.

Incidentally, that was also the last time Woodburn hosted a play-in contest, falling 5-1 to the Liberty Falcons. The Bulldogs have lost five consecutive play-in games (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017) since the play-in round was introduce in 2010.

Woodburn is seeking to end that streak against the visiting Fishermen (5-6-3, 3-4-1), the third-place team in the Cowapa League who are coming off a 4-0 loss to No. 3 Valley Catholic on Oct. 17.

A win for the Bulldogs would put the program into the first round of the state playoff bracket for the first time since 2009.

Woodburn's last post season victory was in 1999 when the Bulldogs beat Oregon Episcopal 3-1 in the first round of the 3A/2A/1A playoffs.

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