Wilsonville girls drop season opener to Bend 6-2
It was not the way the Wilsonville girls soccer team wanted to get its season going. The team welcomed the Bend Lava Bears to Randall Stadium for an endowment game in the season opener with high hopes. Unfortunately, things didn't pan out for the home team, as they dropped the contest 6-2.
The Lava Bears started the game with the ball, and less than three minutes in had their first goal of the game after chipping it over Wilsonville's keeper, junior Kendall Taylor at 37:30 of the first half. In the 36th minute, Bend had its second goal off of a free kick that was once again over the keeper's hands.
With a little desperation in the air, Wilsonville turned it up. After battling the ball away from her opponent, freshman striker Lindsey Antonson took the ball down the center of the field and put it past the Lava Bear keeper at 32:37 of the half.
"I just knew right away after we won (the ball) and it was going forward that I was the only one left," Antonson said. "I needed to tap it in, get the goal so we could get back in the game. At that point we were down 2-0 and we needed to get back into it."
For a few minutes they were within one goal of the visiting team, but in the 25th minute Bend picked up another goal, and the score stayed 3-1 until the end of the first half.
In the second half, Wilsonville pushed early on the Bend goal but was unable to find anything. Bend flipped the field, and in the 34th minute of the second half Bend put the ball into the Wildcat net after being kicked around inside a busy goalie's box.
Wilsonville would get one more moment of glory in the match. After pushing down the pitch, Antonson ended up with the ball on the 18-yard line, and passed it off to sophomore Araxi Tejeda-Martinez who, on the first touch, booted the ball into the upper right hand corner of the net.
"At those moments, you don't know where it's going," Tejeda-Martinez said. "You freaking hit it your hardest and hope. You're under pressure, and maybe if you take a touch it'd be too late. It's just one time, hope it goes."
Bend would score twice more by the end of the match, and when the final horn sounded Wilsonville was defeated 6-2. After the matchup, coach Dwight Sheppick said in future games he wanted to see more "gang tackles," putting multiple people on one striker. The team had a handful of days to work on its defense before putting it to the test against West Salem Friday, August 31.