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Tigard boys wrap up state soccer playoff berth

NEWBERG - It's official.

The Tigard High School boys soccer team is in the state playoffs.

The Tigers clinched a Class 6A state playoff berth by scoring a 3-1 win over Newberg in a Pacific Conference match played Monday at the Austin Athletic Complex in Newberg.

With the loss, Newberg fell to 0-12-1 in league contests.

Tigard improved to 8-4-1 in Pacific Conference play with the victory. The win also keeps Tigard alone in third place in the league standings, four points ahead of Tualatin with one match to play.

That means that the Tigers clinched one of the league's three automatic berths into the Class 6A state playoffs.

'It's great to clinch playoffs,' Tigard coach Tracy Hasson said. 'It is a nice reward for months of working hard.'

Sophomore Alan Hernandez, senior Cory Walker and senior Alex White each scored a goal for the Tigers in the win at Newberg. Hernandez and Walker each scored off crosses while White got his goal from 20 yards out.

Prior to the win at Newberg, Tigard fell 4-1 to league-leading McMinnville in a league match played last Thursday at Tigard High School.

The Tigers were slated to play at Hillsboro in a regular-season finale on Wednesday. Results of that match weren't available when the Times went to press.

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The Tigard girls soccer team picked up a victory on Monday, scoring a 1-0 win over Newberg in a league match played at Tigard High School.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 7-3-3.