Wilsonville girls' soccer team picks up first win
It was a hard fought battle in the blazing, late afternoon sun, but ultimately, Wilsonville would prevail against the Silverton Foxes, shutting out the home team 3-0.
Despite the result, the Wildcats had to claw their way to victory in a physical game, overcoming a slow first half to dominate in the second.
The first half consisted of predominantly one way traffic in favor of Silverton. The Foxes had the ball on Wilsonville's half of the pitch for a majority of the first 40 minutes, pressuring the keeper and making the Wildcat's defense work. Silverton had several shots on goal, including one off of the crossbar in the 22nd minute. Toward the end of the half though, Wilsonville would find their way back down into enemy territory and begin to work.
The score was nil-nil going into the half.
Five minutes into the second that would change. Sophomore Araxi Tejeda-Martinez would scramble to a poor clearance from the Silverton keeper and capitalize, putting the ball in the back of the net to bring Wilsonville up 1-0.
Shortly thereafter, the Wildcats would score again. Junior midfielder Grace Love would score off of a corner kick to bring the game to 2-0.
"We all have positions for our corner kicks. I stayed back, and it slowly rolled to me, and I just poked it in," Love said on her goal.
The final goal of the match was from junior forward Alexis-Leon Guerrero, who scored a thunderous shot from beyond the 18 that hit its mark and brought the match to 3-0 in favor of Wilsonville.
After the game, head coach Dwight Sheppick gave his thoughts on Wilsonville's slow start in the first half of play.
"Part of the issue is we haven't played," Sheppick said, referring to the game cancellation last week due to poor weather quality. "The grass was a bit rough as well. We had the right ideas. I think the key to our team is to put pressure on our opponents so that they break down, and that's what happened in the second half."
The Wildcats (1-1) play Hood River Valley (0-1) at home on Thursday, Sept. 14.