WOODBURN — Madras joined a not very exclusive club Tuesday night.
The White Buffaloes lost 6-0 to Woodburn in a Class 4A boys semifinal match on the Bulldogs’ home pitch. Woodburn, the No. 3 seed, is coming off two consecutive state championship seasons — at 5A — and has run roughshod over its competition all season after being dropped to 4A in the OSAA’s latest reclassification starting this fall.
“I knew they were going to be a tough team,” said Madras coach Clark Jones. “That program’s at a different level than we are — probably not on the same level as a lot of teams.”
The No. 7 White Buffaloes (12-4-1) got to the semifinals with playoff wins over McLoughlin and Newport, running their winning streak to five games. The Bulldogs (16-1) likewise took a five-game winning streak into Tuesday’s match.
Woodburn led 2-0 at halftime and pulled away from the Buffs from there.
“Not a lot of highlights for us,” said Jones. “They were more organized and just way better than us today.
“A lot of our kids played well,” the coach added. “What happens in a game like this is, they know where they want to attack and how they want to attack. We’ve got a great group of kids — it’s not like we just stood around. They’re just that good.”
Woodburn advances to play No. 13 North Marion, which knocked off No. 1 Phoenix 1-0 in Tuesday’s other 4A semifinal. The 4A state championship match takes place Saturday at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.