Wilsonville defeats Parkrose 9-0
Against visiting Parkrose, the Wilsonville girls soccer team was dominant from start to finish. The Wildcats shut out the Broncos 9-0 over the course of 80 minutes in a fairly one sided affair.
The first half saw the home team get up 4-0 early with goals from sophomore Courtney Ellis, freshman Keira McNamee, sophomore Kylie Aube, and sophomore Haley Stahl.
In the second half, it was more of the same. The early going saw Wilsonville applying pressure to the Bronco back line. Junior forward Teagan McNamee had a solid shot deflected off of the Parkrose keeper in the 38th minute, and shortly thereafter junior Laura Dean had a shot caught by the goalkeeper.
In the 29th minute Teagan McNamee had her moment, putting the ball in the back of the net and bringing the score to five in favor of the home team. Four minutes later junior Riley Breshears worked her way through the defense and put the ball in past the keeper from five yards out. The score now stood at 6-0.
Two Wilsonville corner kicks in the 12th minute were defended out by the Parkrose defense, but an own goal shortly thereafter made it a moot point. It was seven to zero with less than 10 minutes to go.
In the final two minutes Wilsonville senior Katherine Banning got a goal of her own, sending it through the Parkrose defense's feet and into the back of the net. 8-0 for Wilsonville on senior night. The Wildcats were not done scoring yet, however. In the final seconds of the game, Wilsonville scored again, and the game was finished at 9-0.
The win for Wilsonville snapped a four game losing streak, but as head coach Dwight Sheppick sees it, there are lessons to take from the defeats.
"We haven't really thought or talked about losing a few as we're very young and I consider losing as learning," Sheppick said. "We've had to deal with a number of injuries plus cards that have put us in difficult situations, (and) also we have been playing some of the best teams in the state. It's all about the process and progress so I'm proud of how the girls have dealt and responded to everything thrown at them."
Heading into their last game of the season, the Wildcats would like to get the W but are more concerned with their maturation as a team and a unit.
"We don't talk about winning or losing," Sheppick said. "I've asked the girls from the first day to believe in the system and each other and as long as we do that then they will be successful regardless of the score. We're one of the younger teams in the state and progress is our number one goal."
Wilsonville (2-3-1 in league play, 3-7-2 overall) heads to Milwaukie to face the Mustangs (4-1-1 in league, 10-1-1 overall) on Tuesday Oct. 24.