Woodburn win highlights soccer finals

Bulldogs rally to repeat as state champions Saturday
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Woodburn players celebrate their second straight state championship at Hillsboro Stadium Saturday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Trailing by a goal at halftime, the Woodburn Bulldogs pumped up their level of play and powered their way to a second state boys soccer championship Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

Juan Martinez had an assist on the tying goal, then scored the winner with 14 minutes left as the Bulldogs beat Wilson 2-1 in the Class 5A final, one of eight titles decided in Hillsboro during the day.

The girls team from Tualatin and Sherwood and boys team from Riverside all won to complete unbeaten seasons, but only Woodburn repeated as champion.

Woodburn won the lone game in which both teams scored.

"At halftime, we knew we needed to keep playing our game, but we needed to pick up our level of play," Martinez said. "We wanted to win this game all season to get a second title and that helped us in the second half.

"It's an amazing feeling to win two titles."

Sherwood entered its final as a significant favorite having been given a top seed in the 16-team bracket, while Wilsonville was a No. 8 seed. But the Wildcats survived the Sherwood attack that ended with a 23-3 edge in shots and caused goalkeeper Bess Kitzmiller to make 10 saves while Sherwood's keeper Kyeli Hendryx needed to make none.

Without a score, the teams went to a penalty-kick shootout and Hendryx made two saves to give the Bowmen a 5-4 edge and the title.

The remaining six title matches all ended in regulation, all at 1-0.