Girls soccer league champs garner NWOC honors
Much like its male counterpart, the Wilsonville girls soccer program had a rough start to the season. Playing primarily 6A competition before the Northwest Oregon Conference (NWOC) play kicked off, Wilsonville racked up a 2-6 record and gave up 26 goals.
By the time league play started though, the team turned it up a notch. Going on a seven-game league tear, and with an eight-game win streak overall, the Wildcats captured the league title and advanced into the playoffs ranked No. 7 overall. While the team ultimately bowed out of the postseason in a rematch with Crescent Valley, the work done in the NWOC was apparent and the squad was recognized as such.
Freshman forward Lindsey Antonson made the biggest impression of year. In her debut season, the aggressive striker earned first team all-league honors, as well as being named Co-Player of the Year (with Scappoose senior Lauren Whisenhunt).
Joining Antonson in the first team ranks were senior striker Teagan McNamee, senior midfielder Sydni Ricketts, and junior midfielders Araxi Tejeda-Martinez and Kylie Aube.
Receiving second team honors were senior defender Jillian Greene and junior goalkeeper Kendall Taylor. The duo, along with the rest of the Wilsonville backline, were able to force four shutouts over the course of the season.
All-league honorable mentions went to freshman midfielder Karina Borgen, junior midfielder Camryn Pettenger-Willey and freshman defender Dalton Mermis.
In his second season at the helm of the team, head coach Dwight Sheppick was named Coach of the Year for his unbeaten league season and NWOC championship. Sheppick was quick to pass off the praise to his team for the outstanding performances.
"I didn't earn the coach of the year, I had 20 outstanding young ladies that earned it," Sheppick said. "If they don't buy into the system and each other no one knows my name."
The Wildcats ended their season 9-7 overall.