The Philomath High School girls soccer team ended the regular season with an 8-0 mercy-rule victory at Stayton Tuesday and will now prepare for the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
The Warriors finished in a tie with North Marion atop the Oregon West Conference standings at 9-1 but the Huskies were awarded the top seed out of the league based on the final Oregon School Activities Association rankings. Philomath, 12-2 overall, heads into the postseason as the No. 5 seed.
The Warriors will play at home Tuesday against an opponent to be determined. The bracket will be finalized following four play-in matches later this week.
In the win over Stayton, senior Kamilla Grimmer scored another three goals to bring her season total up to 30. Senior Bailey Bell was directly involved in four goals after scoring the game’s first of the evening and then contributing with three assists. Sophomore Ana Candanoza had two goals. Grimmer also had two assists.
“Very wet game, the girls controlled it and finished some good chances,” PHS coach Mat Phelps said. “Bailey and Kamilla both played well, as did Ana and Natalie (Dunn).”
Philomath scored twice in the first 11 minutes on Bell and Grimmer goals. In the 30th, junior Madyx Mooney found the net and goals by Grimmer in the 34th and Candanoza in the 38th gave the Warriors a 5-0 lead at the half.
All of the first-half goals involved Bell and Grimmer with either a goal or an assist.
In the second half, Grimmer got her hat trick with a goal in the 43rd minute with an assist by Candanoza. Ten minutes later, Candanoza scored her second with Dunn credited with the assist. The game ended in the 64th minute on a goal by senior Eevi Rolfe with an assist by Mooney.