Woodburn's Myranda Marquez earns first team All-State
While the Woodburn girls soccer team's season was cut short against eventual 4A state champion North Marion, the team still recognized junior Myranda Marquez for excellence on the field.
"I'm very honored to be recognized with a first team All-State distinction," Marquez said. "I've worked very hard to get where I am today, so being recognized really means a lot to me and just makes me want to continue to get better."
Woodburn girls soccer coach Andrea Whiteman said she was proud of the team's captain over the 10-game season.
"We are very proud to have Myranda selected for the second year in a row for first team All-State," Whiteman said. "This recognition is extremely well-deserved; Myranda is our tenacious team captain and is constantly looking to improve. She is a leader on the field and in the classroom, and we are lucky to have her as a part of our program."
Marquez was the only Woodburn All-State award recipient, but the Bulldogs had an interesting path to the postseason. Woodburn primarily played against 5A competition, going 4-2-2 in the Mid-Willamette Conference, but competed in two contests against familiar 4A foes, Philomath/Monroe and North Marion.
"I really enjoyed playing against 5A teams because every game felt like a playoff game," Marquez said. "The level of play was much quicker and much faster, which I wasn't used to in high school soccer. Although the season was different due to the circumstances we were under, I'm really proud of what my team accomplished and believe we did very well.
"Philomath and North Marion … are always challenging games for us in a normal season so it wasn't very different. They have very talented players and I always look forward to playing against them."
Marquez has some holistic goals for both herself and her teammates ahead of the 2021-22 season.
"I just want to continue to grow as a leader and as a player," Marquez said. "Then, for my team, I just want us to continue growing our relationships between each other and work to become better players and hopefully we are able to win a state championship again."
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