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Fall sports preview 2013: Wilsonville girls soccer
Kitzmiller returns in goal to lead retooling Wildcats
The Wilsonville girls soccer team has had plenty to celebrate in recent years, reaching the state finals in 2011 and winning a league title last year.
But since the Wildcats lost three first-team all-league honorees from their 2012 roster to graduation, it will be up to a new crop of athletes to build on the programs successes.
Under fourth-year coach Becca Shook, Wilsonville will face three Class 6A teams in preseason play before kicking off Northwest Oregon Conference competition Oct. 3 at Liberty.
Leading the Wildcats is senior Bess Kitzmiller, an all-league goalkeeper last season.
AT A GLANCE
WILSONVILLE GIRLS SOCCER 2013
Coach: Becca Shook (fourth year)
Last year: Lost to Corvallis in the Class 5A quarterfinals
Key players: Bess Kitzmiller, Ali Bourque, Kendall Tate
Key losses: Elyse Laurin, Emily Hooper, Michelle Teramura
Outlook: Defending the league title wont be easy for Wilsonville, which lost three first-team all-conference honorees to graduation.
First home game: 7 p.m. Sept. 12 vs. Union (WA)
9/3 West Linn (6A) 6 p.m.
9/10 Cleveland 7 p.m.
9/12 UNION (WA) 7 p.m.
9/17 Tigard (6A) 7 p.m.
9/19 WILSON 7 p.m.
9/23 Woodburn 6 p.m.
9/26 NEWBERG (6A) 7 p.m.
10/3 Liberty * 7 p.m.
10/10 ST. HELENS * 7 p.m.
10/15 Sandy * 6 p.m.
10/17 SHERWOOD * 7 p.m.
10/22 PUTNAM * 7 p.m.
10/24 Parkrose * 4:30 p.m.
10/29 Milwaukie * 7 p.m.
* Northwest Oregon Conference game