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Woodburn girls rally to score four goals in 20 minutes to beat the Raiders 4-3 on Thursday

PHIL HAWKINS FILE PHOTO - Woodburn freshman Alyssa Padilla assisted on two goals in the Bulldogs' four-goal rally in the second half of their 4-3 victory over the Reynolds Raiders on Thursday.The Woodburn girls soccer team pulled off a near-impossible upset on Thursday to guarantee the Bulldogs head into their conference schedule with a winning record next week.

Playing their final non-conference game on the road at Reynolds High School on Thursday, the Bulldogs found themselves down 3-0 in the second half.

As the looming loss was all but assured, senior Maddie Castro gave Woodburn the spark it needed after drilling a penalty kick in the back of the net in the 61st minute to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.

With just a two-goal deficit to work with, Woodburn went on an offensive assault in the final 10 minutes of play that snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat.

In the 72nd minute, freshman Alyssa Padilla took a corner kick that was converted into another score by senior Andrea Aguirre to make it a 3-2 game.

Three minutes later, Jessenia Villanueva tied it up at 3-3 on a direct kick. Not content with a walking away with a draw, the Bulldogs converted on another corner kick, once again taken by Padilla and this time finished by junior Betsi Cruz with just under two minutes left to play.

The stunning rally continued what has been a strong start to the season for the Woodburn girls soccer team, which is sporting a league-best four wins as the Bulldogs prepare to host Hood River Valley for on Thursday for their final non-conference game of the season.

The victory against Reynolds was coming on the heels of a 4-1 win over McKay on Sept.

The back-to-back wins last week also gave Woodburn (4-2) more victories than any of the previous three seasons.

The Bulldogs host Hood River Valley (2-2) on Thursday before traveling to South Albany High School on Oct. 3 to take on the Rebels (1-3) in the Mid-Willamette Conference opener for both teams.

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