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Sophomore forward Joey Baguio scored all three goals for the Cougars Thursday night

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Canby sophomore Joey Baguio scored three goals at Wilsonville Thursday night.

Wilsonville coach Dwight Sheppick had seen enough.

After Canby sophomore Joey Baguio outran the Wildcats defense to score her second goal to tie the game just before halftime, Sheppick made a change.

"We weren't tracking her and we made that adjustment at halftime," Sheppick said. "She's a brilliant player, a really good player. She makes things happen. She still broke through. She didn't hurt us, but we got to the point where somebody else had to beat us. It wasn't going to be her."

The adjustment worked as Canby was held to just one goal in the second half on a Baguio penalty kick in a 5-3 loss at Wilsonville Thursday night.

Baguio's first goal gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.

However, Wilsonville sophomore forward Lindsey Antonson answered with a goal in the 12th minute and another in the 37th minute to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.

Baguio then took a pass from Makena Speer to tie the game at 2-2 with only three seconds remaining in the first half.

"You only get so many chances and when you do you have to put it in the back of the net," Baguio said. "Nothing would have happened without the pass from Makena. "The assist is just as important as the goal. It's good to know that my teammates are there for me."

Antonson moved from the middle to the outside in the second half, and that adjustment too paid off for the Wildcats.

Sixteen minutes into the second half, Antonson sent a cross to Renee Lee, who put the ball in the back of the net to give Wilsonville a 3-2 lead.

"She doesn't have to score goals," Sheppick said of Antonson. "She's a great passer. She creates even if she's not shooting."

Antonson scored her third goal with 14 minutes remaining to extend the Wildcats lead to 4-2.

Taking advantage of a penalty kick and yellow card on Wilsonville goalkeeper Kendall Taylor Baguio got the Cougars back within a goal with three minutes remaining.

However, Lee scored her second goal with just over a minute left to play to seal the Wilsonville victory.

"Credit to Wilsonville, in the second half their speed of play and their ability to combine, and then their ability to get in behind us really stood out," Canby coach Maria VanAcker said. "We needed to continue to combine. In order to get by a team like Wilsonville we needed to keep the ball a lot longer than we did and be a little bit more successful with the possession of it."

Wilsonville was another tough opponent on Canby's nonleague schedule, which has also included games against West Salem and Beaverton.

The Cougars tied Beaverton 1-1 last Tuesday.

Trailing 1-0 for much of the game, Speer scored on an assist from Kaitlyn Mull with five minutes remaining.

"We were a little slow to get going in the first half and then in the second half we were able to stay composed and our midfield kept us together," VanAcker said. "It was very exciting. Our girls were patient and they capitalized at the right time."

After Thursday's loss, the Cougars are 1-3-1.

"We continue to progress and we continue to play up against really great teams," VanAcker said. "We're playing well at the right time and we're just looking to capitalize on each day and grow each time we step out on the field as a team."

Derek Wiley
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