Class 5A boys soccer: Woodburn completes three-peat by beating Mountain View 2-1
Jerry Ulmer, The Oregonian, November 17, 2012 1:48 p.m.
HILLSBORO — Woodburn’s supremacy in Class 5A boys soccer, firmly established the last two years, seemed a bit tenuous early this season.
Luis Del Rio, who coached the Bulldogs to back-to-back state titles, had left to take over the men’s team at George Fox University. Replacing him was a first-year varsity coach in Carlos Horcos, who moved from Chile two years ago.
“At the beginning, we had a couple of struggles,” senior forward Luis Rangel said. “But we got past them.”
The Bulldogs adjusted to Horcos’ passing-game style and once again rose to the top, completing their third consecutive championship run Saturday with a 2-1 win over Mountain View of Bend in the Class 5A final at Hillsboro Stadium. Woodburn (15-0-2) extended its unbeaten streak to 35 and improved to 50-2-2 in the last three seasons.
“I like challenge, and I like soccer, and I went to Woodburn because it was a challenge,” Horcos said. “I treat the guys like professionals, and they get the message and respond every day. And here we are.”
Junior Michael Hobson said it was just a matter of time before it came together for the Bulldogs.
“The style of play was a little different, but we adjusted to it,” Hobson said. “All of us have played all different types of soccer. He gave leeway with us, too. We would say, ‘We’re used to it this way.’ He would work with us.”
Hobson and Rangel found the net in the first half as Woodburn took a 2-0 lead and held off the hard-charging Cougars (11-5-2) down the stretch.
Hobson scored in the 19th minute, rebounding a hard shot by junior Cesar Ramos that bounced off junior goalkeeper Levi Schlapfer. Rangel added his team-leading 12th goal in the 33rd minute, splitting three defenders and firing past Schlapfer from point-blank range.
“It was one of my better goals,” Rangel said.
The Bulldogs pulled back to protect a 2-0 lead, and Mountain View, which entered with a Class 5A-best 65 goals, began to threaten in the second half. Freshman Zach Emerson led repeated charges, but the Cougars couldn’t put the ball past Woodburn junior goalkeeper Kevin Courtney-Vera.
Finally, with 2:50 remaining, junior Hudson Newell scored on a header off an assist from freshman Taylor Willman to make it 2-1. Mountain View had a chance to tie a minute later, but Courtney-Vera snagged the ball out of the air just in time to foil a header attempt by Emerson,
“It was inches,” Mountain View coach Chris Rogers said of the scoring chance.
Woodburn finished with an 11-7 edge in shots over the Cougars, who were bidding for their first title since sharing one with Jesuit in 1999.
“I feel like we were better than them, and I still do. I just wanted five more minutes,” Rogers said. “My hat’s off to Woodburn. They got some unfortunate goals in the first half. But I thought we handled them. I really do.”
– Jerry Ulmer
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