The Philomath High School boys soccer team dropped a 6-0 decision Tuesday night at Woodburn to finish 7-5 in the Oregon West Conference and No. 18 in the OSAA rankings.
Philomath now advances to a play-in game Saturday at Hidden Valley in Grants Pass. The Warriors opened their season at Hidden Valley and lost 3-2.
Woodburn scored its first goal about 20 minutes into the game on strike to the left post. Coach Dave Ellis said the Bulldogs scored two more after Philomath failed to clear balls out of the box.
“Honestly, we played OK,” Ellis said. “We created some counterattacks and had openings to score.”
Woodburn scored three more goals in the second half to punch its ticket to the state playoffs with a 11-2-1 overall record and No. 6 OSAA ranking. Stayton won the league title, had an overall record of 12-2 and takes a No. 5 ranking to state.
“Woodburn is a fantastic team and they can play at a tempo few, if any, can replicate,” Ellis said. “They place you under enormous pressure and throw players forward. If you make the smallest mistake, they punish you.”
Ellis said that he started rested players in the second half with an eye on Saturday’s play-in game.
Hidden Valley finished third in the Skyline Conference and had an overall record of 10-3-1 with a No. 9 OSAA ranking. The Warriors and Mustangs are familiar with each other with meetings three times in the last three years. Hidden Valley won 2-1 in 2017, Philomath took a 2-1 victory in 2018 and then the Mustangs won that game earlier this year, 3-2.
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Woodburn 6, Philomath 0
Tuesday at Woodburn
PHILOMATH (8-6, 7-5) 0 0 — 0
WOODBURN (11-2-1, 10-2) 3 3 — 6
Scoring not available