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Woodburn girls drop a pair on the road

by: PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn defender Jennifer Martinez clears the ball in the Bulldogs 8-0 win over North Salem earlier in the season.After starting the season on a hot streak, winning their first three games by a combined margin of 14-1, the Woodburn girls soccer team came back to earth last week after losing a pair of road games to Glencoe 2-0 and St. Helens 2-1.

The Bulldogs (3-2) traveled to Glencoe High School Tuesday to face the undefeated Crimson Tide (3-0-1). After scoring at a torrid pace in their first three games, Woodburn had difficulty breaking through Glencoe’s top-ranked defense. The Crimson Tide gave the Bulldogs little chance to score and notched their four consecutive shutout victory to open the season.

Two days later, Woodburn traveled further north to take on the No. 1-ranked team in the 5A classification. St. Helens (3-1-1) got on board in the first half, and both teams traded goals in the second half as the Bulldogs fell in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Woodburn will complete its non-conference schedule this week with a home game against Hood River Valley Wednesday. The Bulldogs were scheduled to face Wilsonville Monday.