Woodburn battles Sisters to a 0-0 draw
A rare thing happened on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The Woodburn girls soccer team, which until then had scored in every game it had played, was held off the scoreboard after the full 80 minutes elapsed.
It wasn't for lack of effort, though. The first half saw Woodburn spending the majority of the time in the attacking third, especially early when the Bulldogs won three consecutive corner kicks in the 37th and 36th minutes. Those opportunities led to two quality looks on goal that were ultimately deflected or defended away.
After that series of tries, Woodburn continued to press the attack but couldn't put the finishing touch on the ball. The shots would go just left or just right, or else be gathered up by the Sisters goalkeeper. One attempt in the 27th minute by senior Myranda Marquez bounced off the football goalpost crossbar, just inches over the soccer goal crossbar.
As close as they came, Woodburn couldn't find the right sequence and went into the break tied with the visiting Outlaws 0-0. The message at half was to spread the ball out to the wings and clean up the touches.
"We were trying to talk about using the width a little bit more, using the wings and attacking down the sides," Whiteman said. "That was something we were working on in practice yesterday as well. Then just cleaning up the touches. The things like effort, attitude and communication, we had all those things going for us, I think it was just one of those unlucky days."
The second half was more of the same, although Sisters was able to find its way into the Woodburn half of the field more and more as the game went on. The Bulldogs had several chances at goal including more looks from Marquez and junior Luz Rojas.
There was a scary moment in the 26th minute of the second half when Rojas went down awkwardly trying to control a pass and had to be carted off. According to Whiteman, the injury didn't negatively impact the way her team played heading toward the end of the game.
"It usually fires them up because they want to play for that person," Whiteman said. "But I didn't notice too much of a change if we're being honest … she didn't play much of the first half, either.
"But she's a huge offensive threat," Whiteman continued. "Luz is one of our biggest offensive threats and so it's noticeable because she does a good job of calming down and controlling the play."
Woodburn and Sisters both got a few more looks at goal but neither team was able to land the finishing blow.
Woodburn took to the road on Thursday, Oct. 7 to face off against Sweet Home and won 4-1. The Bulldogs won the first matchup 8-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Next week the team (5-0-3) returns home to face off against Newport/Eddyville Charter (5-4) on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
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