Wilsonville girls team loses in play-in round 1-0
After the Wildcats shook a four game slump with a 9-0 drubbing of Parkrose and a hard fought tie against the Milwaukie Mustangs, the team headed into the play-in round against Ridgeview with a small bit of momentum behind them.
"Like all our games we are fun to watch it was a great game from start to finish," head coach Dwight Sheppick said.
In the Ridgeview Ravens, the Wildcats faced a team whose only losses had been to the number two ranked team in the state, Summit Storm.
Heading down to Redmond, Wilsonville put on a spirited performance but ultimately fell to the higher ranked team 1-0. A goal off of a penalty kick early on in the first half put the Wildcats down a deficit they could not rally from.
For their part, the Wildcats changed things up in the hopes of getting points back on the board. Altering their offensive formation, the Wildcats put the pressure on the Ridgefield final third.
"With about 15 minutes to go we switched to a 4-3-3 and put the pressure on them keeping the ball at their end but couldn't find the net," Sheppick said. "(junior) Teagan McNamee, (sophomore) Haley Stahl, (sophomore) Courtney Ellis, and (senior) Kate Banning put Ridgeview under a tremendous amount of pressure. Our midfield of (sophomore) Camryn (Pettenger-Willey), (junior) Riley (Breshears), and (sophomore) Kylie (Aube) battled all game."
Even in defeat, there was never any doubt in Sheppick's mind that the team played to the best of their abilities.
"As always our girls play with their emotions and heart and through the injuries and setbacks they have never backed down," Sheppick said. "This has been a true team effort every game all year."
The Wilsonville Wildcats end their season 2-3-2 in league play, 3-8-3 overall.