Area soccer teams are set to jump into state playoffs

by: AMANDA MILES: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - RACING -- Tigard senior Mick Whitehead (left) looks to get the ball away from Forest Grove's Reggie Lopez in last week's match.TIGARD — They don't have it all to themselves, but the Tigers are still Pacific Conference champions.

The Tigard High School boys soccer team earned a share of the Pacific Conference title by battling Forest Grove to a 1-1 tie in a conference finale held last Thursday at Forest Grove High School.

The tie gives the Tigers a final conference record of 4-1-2, which put them in a tie with McMinnville for the top spot in the final standings.

“The league title was a nice accolade for the boys,” Tigard coach Tracy Hasson said. “They are proud, but not satisfied. The goal of our group, and all others, is to win the whole thing. They have dedicated a lot of time and energy into this team, and going into the playoffs is the pedestal they have been looking for.”

Tigard will open the postseason Saturday when it host South Medford in a Class 6A state playoff first-round match set to start at 4 p.m.

The Tigers, who fell 6-1 at South Salem in a non-league match on Tuesday, will take an overall record of 7-5-2 into Saturday's playoff match. South Medford is 7-4-2 on the season.

Tigard junior Sinan Raja scored the team's goal, coming in the 60th minute, in last Thursday's tie at Forest Grove.

The Tualatin boys soccer team earned a spot in the Class 6A state playoffs by posting a 5-0 win over Thurston in a Class 6A play-in match held Tuesday at Tualatin High School.

The Timberwolves will face McKay on Saturday in a first-round state playoff match starting at 5 p.m. at McKay High School in Salem.

Tualatin takes an overall record of 7-7 into the postseason contest. McKay, the Central Valley Conference champion, is 12-0-1 on the season.

The Tualatin girls wrapped up their regular season schedule last Thursday with a 3-0 win over Glencoe in a Pacific Conference match held at the 53rd avenue soccer fields in Hillsboro. The win gives the Timberwolves a final conference record of 6-0-2 and an overall mark of 9-2-3.

Tualatin, the No. 3 team in the OSAA power rankings, will host Lakeridge in a Class 6A state playoff first-round match starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tualatin High School. The Pacers are 4-7-4 on the season.

Second round matches in the Class 6A state playoffs will be played on Tuesday.

The Sherwood girls finished their regular season slate on Tuesday by scoring a 6-0 win over Sandy in a Northwest Oregon Conference match played at Sherwood High School.

The win gives the Lady Bowmen a conference record of 5-1-1 and an overall mark of 10-2-2. Sherwood will host a yet-to-be-determined opponent Tuesday in a Class 5A first-round match.

The Sherwood boys, who got a 3-0 win at Sandy on Tuesday, were looking to remain in the top 24 of the OSAA power rankings going into Wednesday's final day of Class 5A regular season play.

If the Bowmen remained in the top 24, they'll play in a Class 5A play-in game on Saturday.

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