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The girls soccer team has its eyes set on the conference title; the football team can nab its second winning season at 4A

Girls Soccer

Woodburn's girls soccer team has been consistent. For every draw, the team has turned around and won a pair of games. That trend dates back to the season opener when the Bulldogs played 5A Crescent Valley to an impressive 2-2 draw on Sept. 7. Since then, the team has collected wins over Sweet Home (twice), Newport/Eddyville Charter (twice), Cascade, and Stayton. Woodburn would like to buck the trend and finish out the season with three straight wins against Cascade, Stayton, and Sisters.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - The Woodburn girls soccer team is in a race for the league title, and has yet to lose this season.

Ranked sixth in the state at 4A, Woodburn (6-0-4) is one of just two teams left undefeated, the other being Hidden Valley (9-0-2). The team has produced the sixth most goals at 4A with 38 across all competitions and allowed just 8 which is tied for fourth best in the state. After drawing twice against Philomath (7-1-3), the two teams are dead even in the race for the Oregon West Conference title.

Boys Soccer

You have to go back quite a way to find a season when Woodburn's boys soccer team lost back-to-back games in a season. You have to go back even further to find a season where they lost back-to-back games on two separate occasions in the same season. Despite only giving up nine goals on the season, the Bulldogs have flirted with .500 the length of the season so far, falling to 3-2 in Mid-Willamette Conference play. That mark puts them in fourth place in the conference and has them ranked 11th in the state at 5A.

The team can still turn it around. There is still more than enough talent on the squad to win games and move up the rankings before the postseason rolls around. Woodburn has two road games left on the schedule against West Albany (4-5-1) and Lebanon (3-4-2), then will host Corvallis (7-3-1) and Dallas (1-10). None of those games are guaranteed as the Mid-Willamette Conference continues to prove it's the toughest division in 5A soccer.

Football

Since making the move down to 4A in 2018 Woodburn's football team has posted just one winning record, that being in 2018 when they went 6-4. Now 4-2 on the season the team has a chance to clear that mark with three games left to go. A combination of explosive offense and stymying defense, Woodburn has proven itself to be an above average football team. Three of the teams wins have been shutout victories, and the fourth was a blowout win over visiting Newport on Thursday, Oct. 7.

With just three games left in the season Woodburn has a chance to leapfrog Stayton (2-4) in the Special District 3 standings on Friday, Oct. 15. And if they can finish out the season with four straight wins, the team should see its 18th overall ranking creep closer and closer to the top 10.

Volleyball

It was a tough season for the volleyball team. Of the 16 contests played so far in the season, Woodburn managed to earn two victories. Both came in tournament play, where Woodburn won 2-1 (22-25, 25-11, 15-11) over 6A McKay (4-16) on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Dallas Tournament; and a 2-1 (15-25, 25-23, 15-8) win over Elmira (3-15). The teams final game of the season will be on the road against Sisters (17-3) on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Cross Country

The boys cross country team has seen its members posting solid marks this season. Junior Angel Marquez rang in a top-10 time in the Oregon West Conference (OWC) when he set a PR at the West Coast Classic with a 17:47.6 mark. Senior Ryan Garcia set the 13th fastest time in the OWC when he PR'd at the Stayton Invitational with a time of 17:52.0. Sophomore Karl Price set his PR and ran the 31st fastest time at 19:11.0 at the Oregon City XC Invitational. Senior Ernie Barron was the last Woodburn racer to crack the top 50 of the OWC, coming in at 42nd with a time 20:26.0.

The girls team had five runners in the top-50 but one head-and-shoulders above her teammates. Senior Myranda Marquez, also a striker on the girls soccer team, ran the fifth fastest time in the OWC at the Stayton Invitational, posting a 20:43.0. Sophomore Brandely Anselmo set a personal best at the Champoeg Invitational to take the 26th spot with a time of 22:46.9. Spots 32 through 34 were all claimed by Woodburn racers. Senior Kelly Ramirez notched the 32nd fastest time at the Jefferson Invitational with a personal best 23:47.0; sophomore Cristal Garcia PR'd at the Oregon City XC Invitational with a time of 23:52.0; and fellow sophomore Jessica Rojas also PR'd at Oregon City with a time of 24:02.6 to take the 34th spot.


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