Wildcats earn nine all-NWOC honors
Nine members of the Wilsonville girls soccer team garnered all-league honors this season, as selected by the coaches of the Northwest Oregon Conference.
Junior midfielder Ali Bourque, junior forward Kendall Tate and sophomore defender Alex Glavey earned spots on the all-NWOC first team.
The Wildcats also had three representatives on the 2012 first team in then-seniors Emily Hooper, Elyse Laurin and Michelle Teramura. All three have continued their careers in the collegiate ranks.
Bourque was Wilsonvilles set-piece specialist this year, sparking the team in its second-straight win over rival Sherwood. Tate, meanwhile, caused problems for opposing defenses all year with her speed up top. Glavey was part of a defensive unit that gave up just 12 goals in 17 games.
Senior goalkeeper Bess Kitzmiller, who logged six shutouts victories, was one of three Wildcats players to receive second-team recognition. Joining her were junior defender Nicole Laschober and sophomore midfielder Bethany Cerdan.
Senior forward Savannah Stehman, who notched the first hat trick of her high school career in Wilsonvilles playoff win over Corvallis-Crescent Valley in the Class 5A quarterfinals, received honorable mention. Junior midfielder Courtney Antonson and junior defender Makaela Press also earned honorable mention.
The Wildcats finished their season with a 12-4-1 record and a No. 3 ranking, won their second-straight league championship and reached the semifinals for the second time in three years.
We came together, Kitzmiller said. We might not have had as much individual talent (as we did last year). But we were a much stronger team, just playing together and knowing how each other played. ... It was probably one of my favorite seasons. It was such a great team to be with.
Putnam senior goalkeeper Bella Geist was named the NWOC player of the year. Alex Ponce was honored as the leagues coach of the year after leading Putnam to a tie with Sherwood for second place in the standings.
Bend-Summit defeated Portland-Wilson 4-2 in the Class 5A finals to capture its third state title in four seasons.
AT A GLANCE
WILSONVILLE GIRLS SOCCER 2013
Record: 12-4-1 (6-1 in the Northwest Oregon Conference)
Playoffs: Lost 1-0 to Portland-Wilson in the semifinals
Key fact: Won a league title for the second year in a row
Best win: 2-0 over Sherwood to take control of the NWOC
Toughest loss: 1-0 to Wilson in the semifinals on an own goal
All-league first team: Ali Bourque, Alex Glavey, Kendall Tate
All-league second team: Bess Kitzmiller, Nicole Laschober, Bethany Cerdan
Honorable mention: Savannah Stehman, Courtney Antonson, Makaela Press