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PHS boys soccer: Adam Hernandez

Philomath's Adam Hernandez throws the ball in during Tuesday's game against Woodburn.

Hey Warriors fans, today is Wednesday, Oct. 2.

You have to admit — Woodburn has a great boys soccer program. The Bulldogs put on a display of its ball-possession abilities with passing and footwork that most opponents can't neutralize. I mean, we’re talking about Woodburn passing the ball like six, seven, eight times before Philomath could even get a foot on the ball. Meanwhile, the Warriors were hard-pressed to even get more than one or two passes off.

In my opinion, Woodburn probably isn’t a Class 4A team. I know they are according to the OSAA and that’s why they ended up in the Oregon West Conference after the most recent realignment but geez, that’s a school that could challenge for the state title in 5A, perhaps even go far into the playoffs in a 6A tournament.

The rumor I’m hearing is that Woodburn could actually be on its way back to 5A next season. The OSAA apparently has in place a petition process that could allow the Bulldogs to move up. Whether or not the school would want to enter the petition remains to be seen.

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Woodburn won the 4A title in 2018 and the 5A title in 2017 and 2016 after finishing 5A runner-up in 2015 and 2014. That’s five straight years in a state title game.

I know Stayton beat Woodburn earlier this season 2-0, but the Eagles pulled that off with a man-advantage after the Bulldogs got hit with a first-half red card (and perhaps they should’ve had another first-half red card against the Warriors). I’m sure Stayton deserved the victory, I mean, the Eagles have done that two straight years now. Just an interesting piece of info I learned yesterday.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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