Woodburn Bulldogs ready for postseason ranked #1 in Oregon

Posted November 3rd, 2010 in Uncategorized and tagged , , by steve

From the Oregonian newspaper:

Woodburn appears ready for a boys soccer state playoff run after winning the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference championship with a couple of playoff-type wins.

The Bulldogs clinched the title Tuesday with a 2-1 win over 2009 state championCorvallis. A tie would have been enough to give the title to Woodburn, No. 1 in theOregon School  Activities Association power rankings. But the Bulldogs pressed forward and won when Jaime Veles   scored with 1:20 remaining in the game to break a 1-1 tie.

A week ago Tuesday, Woodburn (7-0-0, 21 points) put itself in position to take the Mid-Willamette with a 2-0 win overCrescent Valley, the eventual second-place team. Corvallis (5-2-0, 15) finished third, one point behind the Raiders (5-1-1, 16).

“Those were state- final type games,” Woodburn coach Luis Del Rio said of playing Crescent Valley (No. 4 OSAA) and Corvallis (No. 7).

Yet, Del Rio said he’s nervous heading into the postseason, which starts  Saturday with an elimination game against Bend (4-8-1).

“We might be overconfident,” Del Rio said. “We’re playing a weaker team on paper, and they might start relaxing themselves and not respond to that kind of team.”

Del Rio said if the Bulldogs take care of business against Bend, “then I can say our confidence is the way we want.”

Del Rio has reason for concern. Woodburn has been ousted in its first playoff game the past two years, including 2008, when the Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the state.

– Nick Daschel


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