Hood River Valley scores twice in overtime to end Bulldogs season

by: PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn's Dago Diaz collapses to the ground following the Bulldogs' 3-1 overtime loss to Hood River Valley in the semifinals of the OSAA 5A boys soccer playoffs.For the first time in four years, the 5A boys soccer state championship will not come home with the Woodburn Bulldogs.

In a rematch of last year’s semifinal game against the Hood River Valley Eagles, the Bulldogs scored early but could not capitalize on several late-game opportunities and went on to lose 3-1 in overtime.

No. 1-seeded Woodburn entered the game on a 10-game win streak and was looking to get by the No. 4-seed Eagles for a chance to play Summit in the state championship.

The Bulldogs had the early edge when Dago Diaz found open space on the right side of the box and caromed a shot off the right goal post into the net 11 minutes into the game, making the match’s first goal.

The two teams played back-and-forth ball for the remainder of the half with neither team taking control of the game for long stretches. Woodburn controlled the ball for much of the half, but the Eagles were able to collapse their defense and clog the area around the goal to make it difficult for the Bulldogs to get clean shots.

by: PHIL HAWKINS - Anthony Santillan fights for possession along the sideline in the first half of Tuesday's 5A semifinal game against the Hood River Valley Eagles.A little more than a minute into the second half, Hood River Valley tied the game after the Eagles’ Gio Magana collected a corner kick that was rebounded off a save from Woodburn defender Miguel Herrera. Magana fired it into the low post to tie the game at 1-1 with 38 minutes remaining.

Neither team was able to take control for the final 28 minutes. A flurry at the end of regulation gave both teams opportunities to win in the final 10 minutes.

The Bulldogs missed on several chances at the six-minute mark before the Eagles countered and appeared to score the game-winning goal with three minutes left. The goal was called back due to an offside call, and Woodburn made one last effort to score before the final horn.

With two minutes left, Woodburn’s Andrew Almanzar had a chance to score after chipping the ball past the Hood River Valley goalkeeper, but he missed his shot wide to the right and the two teams entered the 20-minute overtime tied.

The overtime was controlled by the Eagles, as Magana scored the game-winning goal minutes into the first half. He scored once more in the second overtime half to complete the victory and send Woodburn home for the postseason for the first time since a second-round loss to Ashland in 2009.

The Eagles, who lost to Woodburn in the 2012 semifinals by a 2-1 margin, move on to face the Summit Storm in the state championship game Saturday.

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