Wilsonville girls soccer stays hot, beats Scappoose 7-0
*This story has been corrected
The Wilsonville girls soccer team is aiming to go where no Wildcat team has gone before.
Scappoose, meanwhile, wants to finish the year right where it always does — in the state playoffs.
Both teams have some work to do before reaching their 2021 goals, but top-ranked Wilsonville showed that it's ready to pursue its first state title by powering past Scappoose 7-0 at Chinook Field in Scappoose on Thursday, Oct. 21.
"I feel good about my team's performance," said Wilsonville senior defender Katelyn McDougal, who assisted on her team's first goal against Scappoose. "We came out strong despite the rough conditions of playing in the rain and on grass."
"The team's performance … was solid throughout all of the lines," said sophomore forward Kenley Whittaker, who scored twice and notched two assists in the win. "The key to our success … was the midfield, because they were the connecting piece between the defense and the forwards."
With the win — the team's seventh straight — the Wildcats improved to 5-0-0 in Northwest Oregon Conference play and 12-0-1 overall; they also extended their season-long unbeaten streak to 13 games. No. 13 Scappoose, meanwhile, lost for the third time in four games and fell to 1-3-1 in NWOC play and 5-4-2 overall.
Despite that, the Indians believe they will indeed reach the state playoffs for an 11th straight time.
"I believe that we are as ready as any other team in the league," said senior midfielder and team captain Karly Murray. "We still have a possibility to make it to the playoffs, (but) we would have to win the next two games and hope for the best from the other teams."
"I think we have it easy next week, and hopefully, we can pull out two wins and have a chance at (the) playoffs," added senior forward and team captain Kiera Fagan. "If we do end up going to playoffs, all we can do is play our hearts out and finish the season strong."
To suggest that Wilsonville started fast at Scappoose would be a massive understatement. The Wildcats stepped up to grab a 1-0 lead just 44 seconds into the contest when Whittaker connected with senior forward Lindsey Antonson at the top of the Indians' penalty box and scored in the right corner of the goal. Antonson connected again nine minutes into the contest, again off a Whittaker assist, to give her team control early at 2-0.
While Scappoose didn't score, it wasn't for lack of opportunities, the first of those an apparent goal by junior midfielder Madison Meeuwsen that was waived off by officials four minutes after Antonson's second score.
But Wilsonville just kept coming, pushing its lead to 3-0 when sophomore forward Brianna Crane took a pass from senior Dalton Mermis and angled a shot into the left side of the Scappoose goal.
Then, after a shot on goal by Fagan, Antonson made it 4-0 with 17:23 left in the half when she connected on a 19-yard free kick to the top-left corner of the Indians' goal. The Wildcats ended the half with another Crane goal, this a short-range shot assisted by senior Annika Jenson that made it 5-0 with 9:26 left in the half.
Scappoose's last best chance of the half to score came when Fagan's shot from the top of the Wilsonville penalty box forced sophomore goalkeeper Jasmine Brown to make a diving stop with 7:30 remaining.
In the second half, Whittaker boosted her team's lead to 6-0 when she hit a sliding shot from 12 yards out with 18:29 left in the game, and the Cats' final goal came when sophomore Caroline de la Motte won the ball on the left side, beat her defender and sent a cross to Whittaker, who split the backs with a shot to the lower left corner.
"The key to the result was to keep our heads in the game and continue working hard and communicating," McDougal said. "Even when we were ahead by a lot, we always came out with the same intensity that we did when we started the game."
On their side of the field, the Indians acknowledged the Wildcats' skill, but said they were determined to focus on their remaining contests.
"Wilsonville has always been a hard game for us … and it being wet, I think we could've kept the score closer if we … had a more positive attitude," Fagan said. "But now that the game is over, we can focus on our last two games next week."
*The original version of this story incorrectly identified Wilsonville's goalkeeper. Sophomore Jasmine Brown played in goal for the Wildcats.
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