In the 11-year history of the Mid-Willamette Conference, two soccer superpowers have reigned supreme.
Corvallis High has been nothing short of dominant on the girls side, compiling a 68-5-4 conference record while claiming 10 titles (three shared, seven outright). The Woodburn boys have collected 10 championships of their own — all unshared — with a stunning 74-1-2 mark against MWC foes.
The Bulldogs (seven straight titles) and Spartans (four straight) will be looking to add more hardware when conference play kicks off Tuesday.
The Corvallis girls (2-3-1), who have played a difficult nonconference schedule, travel to top-ranked Crescent Valley (4-0-1) for their MWC opener. The rivals played to a 1-1 draw last fall at Spartan Stadium.
Tuesday’s other girls matchups include Lebanon (3-3) at Dallas (0-5), South Albany (1-4) at Woodburn (4-3) and Central (1-4) at Silverton (1-5).
The top half of the MWC performed well in nonconference play, outscoring the opposition by a combined 77-37. Central, South Albany, Silverton and Dallas have tallied 20 goals while surrendering 112.
The Foxes are struggling without star sophomore Paige Alexander, who is playing with the Portland Thorns Girls Development Academy instead of her high school teammates. Alexander, a forward, netted 33 of Silverton’s 61 goals last fall and was voted the 5A co-player of the year.
With Alexander leading the way, Silverton reached the state finals a season ago. CV made it to the semis while Corvallis was upset by North Eugene in the round of 16.
On the boys side, Woodburn allowed just one postseason goal en route to its fourth 5A title. The Bulldogs also recorded a second-place finish in 2014.
The Spartans took down South Albany in the round of 16 before falling at Summit in the quarters. Silverton and CV also made the round of 16.
Just like the girls, a clear divide exists in the boys race. Corvallis (6-0-1), Central (6-0-1), South (6-1), CV (5-1) and Woodburn (5-1) have netted 106 combined goals while allowing just 26. Silverton (1-2-3), Dallas (1-5) and Lebanon (0-5-1) have been outscored 17-73.
The Rebels, who earned a home draw with the Bulldogs back in 2014, open MWC play at Woodburn. Tuesday’s other boys matches are Silverton at Central, Dallas at Lebanon and Corvallis at CV.
The third-ranked Spartans are set to host Woodburn on Oct. 17. Corvallis owns the only MWC win over the Bulldogs, a 6-2 home victory in 2009.