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The Philomath High girls soccer team needed to go to a shootout on Tuesday before securing yet another win this season.

In 15 appearances, the Warriors have not lost on the field.

But Philomath will carry just an 11-4 record into today’s 4 p.m. OSAA 4A quarterfinal match at Valley Catholic.

That’s because the Warriors were forced to forfeit their first four games due to self-reporting a potential violation to the OSAA.

That player is now eligible but the forfeits stood.

The players put that situation behind them right after they found out.

“We just knew that there’s nothing we could do about it,” said keeper Josie Kilgore. “We knew that if we kept our heads held high and just play though everything, I mean we know we still won.”

Jenna Grunwald said the team is one of the closest she has been a part of and they listened to coach John Williams.

Williams asked the players if they were the same team that won the first four games.

The answer was yes.

“Nothing’s changed,” Grunwald said. “We know we won those four games, we know we’re still in it even though that’s not what our record says.”

The one drawback, however, is the path to a state title got a little tougher as the Warriors’ power ranking dropped from No. 1 to No. 10 after the forfeits.

PHS entered the postseason as the No. 5 seed.

“It impacts us the rest of the playoffs because we’re going to be a travelling team for a while,” Williams said. “But they’re good. They put it behind them.”

Being on the road may not be all that bad as the Warriors’ home field was pretty muddy after the win over Corbett on Tuesday.

“It’s always better to play at home, but our field is pretty wrecked now so I don’t even know if we would be able to,” Grunwald said.


Santiam Christian hopes to keep its solid season alive today when the Eagles (9-1-1) host Catlin Gabel at 3 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the 3A/2A/1A tournament.

SC, which finished second in Special District 4, is the No. 4 seed and received a bye into the quarterfinals.

Catlin Gabel (12-3-1) is the No. 5 seed and advanced with a 6-0 win over Portland Adventist Academy on Tuesday.

The winner will face the winner of the Western Mennonite and No. 1 Oregon Episcopal School match, next Tuesday.

Steve Gress is the sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. He can be reached at


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