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Woodburn boys soccer team hampered by injuries, holds on to tie Summit

The Woodburn boys’ soccer team continued its unbeaten streak this week, but it came at a cost.

“We had only 11 healthy bodies at the end of last game,” said Woodburn coach Stan Baker after the team’s 1-1 draw against Summit Saturday. “Playing five games in only 10 days will do that to a team.”

The Bulldogs played three games this week, picking up a 1-0 win at West Salem Tuesday, followed by a 2-0 home victory over Willamette two days later. The wins extended Woodburn’s unbeaten streak to 40 games, but defending 5A Player of the Year was on the top of a long list of injured Bulldogs at the end of the week after spraining a knee ligament that will keep him out of play for two weeks.

The rigorous schedule has Baker unhappy over the amount of playing time his team is seeing week to week.

“High school scheduling is completely wrong,”?he said. “We should be playing no more than one game per week.”

Woodburn (3-0-2) will have more time between games in the coming schedule, as the team has a five-day wait before traveling to Hillsboro Thursday, followed by another five days before the team hosts Glencoe Sept. 26 in the final non-league game of the season.