Woodburn — The weather was absolutely perfect for a mid week girls soccer scrimmage on the brand new turf at Woodburn High School, as the Woodburn Lady Bulldogs played a blue-white team scrimmage Wednesday night. The Lady Bulldogs are approaching 2019 with an extremely young squad, as the team attempts to replace 11 departed seniors from the 2018 season. Woodburn finished last season 8-6-2 and made an appearance in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.
The game started slow, with neither team seeming to have the energy or enthusiasm to keep the possession on their side of the pitch. As the game picked up, the energy picked up as well, with the white squad finally breaking the goose egg score and getting on the board midway in the first half. Team White would make it 2-0 later in the half on an absolute laser shot into the corner of the net, and Team White led 2-0 after a half of play.
Team Blue came out with some energy at the start of the second half, with the squad finally breaking through with a goal of their own to make it a 2-1 contest. However, Team White would lock down the hatches defensively, and subsequently put three more goals in the net to coast to a 5-1 victory in their first scrimmage on the new turf field at Woodburn High School. Woodburn Head Coach Andrea Whiteman praised her team’s scrimmage performance and outlined her offseason priorities with a month remaining before the regular season, “We saw a lot on new girls, tons of freshman tonight since we have a large gap to fill. I’m surprised by how well they are meshing together as a team. A lot of our freshman work together on a club team so them having that cohesiveness is nice, I’m surprised with how hard they are working and their communication as a team.”
Coach Whiteman’s offseason priorities include conditioning her young team, “My biggest thing is getting them as many touches on the ball as I can, and to get them in shape. I tell them if you can outrun another team, you can beat that team, and we’ve been working on that every Tuesday and Thursday. It consists of an hour of ball work and a half hour of just straight conditioning, and its because if we don’t do that then we go into tryouts and they start pulling muscles.” Woodburn opens the 2019 season on September 5th at North Marion High School.