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Cardinals win finale, earn homefield for playoffs

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Corbett defender Carli Berghoff clears a ball during the late stages of play in Tuesdays 4-1 win at Gladstone.

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GLADSTONE — The Corbett girls soccer team relied on a quick-strike attack to down Gladstone 4-1 in the Tri-Valley finale Tuesday night.

Rhiley Fritz broke up a scoreless game with a pair of strikes from the right side less than a minute apart. Corbett continued the onslaught when Christina Krieger settled the ball out top and hit a left-footed blast past the keeper from 25 yards out to make it 3-0 before five minutes had gone in the second half.

Corbett finished a season sweep of the Gladiators and secured second place in the Tri-Valley Conference. More importantly, the Cardinals zipped up the OSAA rankings three spots, overtaking Philomath as the highest-ranked runner-up, which gives Corbett a guaranteed spot into the 4A state playoffs.

“We needed the 'W' tonight and we got it,” Corbett coach Scott Hassebroek said. “We're excited to have a home game to start the playoffs.”

View a photo gallery from the match at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

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