Wilsonville defeats Milwaukie 4-1
Wilsonville—In the Wildcats last game of the season, they held their own against the visiting Milwaukie Mustangs and defeated the visiting team 4-1 on Tuesday Oct. 24.
It was a back and forth first half, with both teams battling the ball about the midfield in the opening minutes of play. Steadily enough Wilsonville turned the momentum in its favor. In the 37th minute, a header from Wildcat senior forward Brandon Marshall went just right of goal. Six minutes later, senior Andrew Kassab headed the ball off to fellow Wilsonville senior Juan Pablo Gutierrez, whose shot went wide right. About midway through the first 40 minutes, Milwaukie pressured the Wilsonville back line, but had the field flipped on them when Kassab made a breakaway in the 23rd minute, running the ball nearly the entire length of the field only to have his shot deflected out by the Milwaukie keeper.
The first goal of the match came in the 20th minute when senior Scottie McAvoy fired a corner kick into a throng of players inside the keepers box. The ball was fired into the right post and bounced back, and Gutierrez put his foot to the ball and sent it off the crossbar and into the bottom of the net.
The second Wilsonville goal of the night would come from junior Henry Tellez, who booted it in from the right side of the net in the 8th minute.
"I was feeling really confident, it was such a good game," Tellez said. "We played good, every senior did good. We didn't have any pressure, that's how it should have been the whole season, but that's how it goes."
Milwaukie would not leave the first half without putting themselves on the scoreboard though. Mustang junior Juan Duran was taken down inside the Wilsonville box, and awarded a penalty kick. He made the most of it, sending his shot left while Wildcat keeper Oscar Baron Soto dove right.
Heading into halftime it was 2-1 in favor of the home team.
Milwaukie came out of the break pressuring the Wildcats through the first five minutes of the half, but Wilsonville would meet them and up the ante. In the 27th minute, all of Wilsonville's senior players were subbed into the match.
"We typically do not play all of our seniors like we did last night, but the situation presented itself and we felt like it was the right thing to do," Wilsonville head coach Ian Reschke said. "The seniors all had a great time out there and we enjoyed the opportunity to share the moment with them."
In the 16th minute of the game, Wilsonville junior Ricardo Reuda sent a kick from the 40-yard line just inches over the crossbar. Milwaukie responded with a big offensive, forcing a big save by Soto just a minute later to keep the Wildcat lead at one.
With time winding down in the game, Gutierrez found his second goal of the game. The Wildcat senior took a shot off of the charging Mustang keeper, and put the deflected ball in the back of the net to bring the score up to 3-1.
"We were organized a little better, and we were hungry for the goal," Gutierrez said. "I'm going to celebrate, and dedicate my game to God."
Not to be outdone, Tellez got his second goal of the match 40 seconds later, and when the final horn sounded it was 4-1 for the Wildcats on senior night.
"It felt good because I told all the seniors, 'I am going to score for you guys, I'm going to get the W for you guys so you can go and feel good about yourselves,'" Tellez said.
Wilsonville finishes its season 2-5 in league play, 4-8 overall.