The Corvallis High boys soccer team will face a familiar opponent in Tuesday’s 5A state semifinals.
The second-seeded Spartans (14-1-1), who blitzed No. 7 Parkrose 4-2 in the quarterfinals, will host sixth-seeded Bend (12-1-3) at 6 p.m. for a spot in Saturday’s championship match. No. 9 Woodburn (13-2-2) and No. 5 La Salle (9-3-3) are the other semifinalists.
CHS and Bend played to a 1-1 draw in Corvallis on Sept. 9. The previous day, the Lava Bears dropped a 4-3 decision at Crescent Valley for their lone loss of the season.
Bend is 10-0-1 in its last 11 matches, including a 3-0 shutout of No. 14 Hermiston in the quarterfinals. The Lava Bears opened the postseason with a 2-1 home victory over 11th-seeded CV.
The Spartans shared the Mid-Willamette Conference crown with No. 4 Central, which was upset by 13th-seeded Marist in the round of 16. CHS routed Woodburn 5-1 on Oct. 17, its first win over the Bulldogs in eight seasons. It was Woodburn’s second league loss in the MWC’s 12-year history.
The Bulldogs are the defending state champions. CHS is looking for its first title since 2009.
Underdogs thrive in 4A playoffs
In a bracket full of surprises, No. 10 Valley Catholic (14-3) is set to host 11th-seeded Philomath (10-5-2) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the 4A girls soccer state semifinals. The match will be played in Beaverton.
The Warriors, who finished second behind top-seeded North Marion in the Oregon West Conference, opened the playoffs with a 2-1 road upset of No. 6 Gladstone. Philomath then stunned third-seeded Scappoose 1-0 last Saturday.
Valley Catholic, the Cowapa League runner-up, routed No. 7 Junction City 4-0 in the round of 16 before knocking off second-seeded North Valley 3-1 to advance. The Knights were the defending state champions.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 9 Hidden Valley is in the semifinals after getting past eighth-seeded North Bend (4-2) and North Marion (2-1). The Mustangs will face No. 5 Molalla, which owns playoff victories over 12th-seeded Cascade (1-0) and No. 4 La Grande (5-1).
A season ago, Philomath reached the state quarterfinals before suffering a 1-0 loss at Valley Catholic.
Preston named WVL player of the year
Four-year volleyball standout Rebeka Preston received West Valley League player of the year honors late last month.
Preston, who also competes in basketball and track, helped lead the Eagles to a second-place finish at last weekend’s 3A state tournament. Preston is an outside hitter.
SC, which made its 15th consecutive state tournament appearance, ended the year with a 22-4 overall record.
Leah Boyer, Kassie Staton and Madison Wobig joined Preston as first-team all-WVL selections for the Eagles. Emily Bourne and Josie Risinger were second-team picks while Micah Penner made honorable mention.
Monroe’s O’Hare honored by MVC
Monroe senior Maddie O’Hare was voted Mountain Valley Conference player of the year for volleyball.
O’Hare, a 5-foot-10 middle blocker, led the Dragons to a sixth-place finish at the 2A state tournament. Monroe shared the West Valley League title with Bonanza and went 23-8 overall.
Fellow Dragons senior Peyton Greene, an outside hitter, was also a first-team selection. Senior Madison Ballard received second-team honors.