Boys soccer team falls to visiting Cleveland, 2-4
Wilsonville would fall to Cleveland on Tuesday, Sept. 19 2-4, but they would make a competitive showing in their defeat.
As the clock wound down at the end of the first half, it was not looking very good for the Wilsonville Wildcats boys soccer team. Down one goal to three, they were in desperate need of a momentum shift. They would find it when junior Henry Tellez scored on a goal with 22.8 seconds to go in the first. Tellez has been a major offensive component for the Wildcats this season.
"We really got our hopes up, and were encouraged going into the locker room, being a goal down, we felt we had a decent shot of coming back in this one," head coach Ian Reschke said after the game.
Coming out in the second half, it would be Wilsonville pushing the pace. Keeper Oscar Baron-Soto made a big save in the 37th minute, and the Wildcats would flip the field. Tellez would have two massive shots on goal that came close to hitting their mark. He would continue to apply pressure to the Cleveland keeper in the 22nd minute, slamming a thunderous kick at the net that would require the opposing goalie to make a diving save.
Shortly thereafter, however, Cleveland would score their fourth goal of the match, with their forwards crossing the ball in from the left, and punching it into the far right hand corner. Henry Tellez would get one last chance for a goal at the five second mark off a free kick, but it would be to no avail.
The game was a physical one, with both teams making the other work for their troubles. It became very tense after the first half, but was resolved before anything came to blows.
"Cleveland is a good team, very physical," Reschke said. "It was getting chippy. Every time we play Cleveland it's always like that. We just have to expect it and know it's coming. I felt like our guys dealt with it well. They didn't react, they didn't have emotions escalate. I was proud of the guys for their sportsmanship and their overall effort."
Wilsonville would rebound in their next game, winning at home against the Newberg Tigers 1-0. They next play at Putnam on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7pm.