Wildcats fall in rematch at Crescent Valley
Wilsonville scored first at Crescent Valley, but the rematch from last year's Class 5A playoffs ended the same as the original with the Wildcats falling 2-1 last Thursday.
"It was a real war, a very physical game," Wilsonville coach Dwight Sheppick said. "We knew going in with kids sick and hurt that we weren't physically able to play their style. But they're a quality team. We could easily run into them again in the playoffs."
The Wildcats played without midfielder Kylie Aube, who suffered an injury the week before against West Salem. Sheppick said forward Renee Lee then suffered a calf injury in the first five minutes at Crescent Valley.
Wilsonville senior Araxi Tejeda-Martinez scored early in the opening minutes, but the defending 5A state champions tied the match at the end of the first half and then scored the game-winning goal in the second.
"They kind of controlled the first half and I thought we controlled the second half, but we were a bit unlucky," Sheppick said. "Karina (Borgen) hit the post. That would have made a big difference."
The game was also one of the few Wilsonville plays on grass instead of turf.
"We struggled a bit on grass," Sheppick said. "The game is slower. It's hard to make that adjustment from turf to grass. "I was still pretty proud of them. We went toe to toe with them. I didn't feel bad leaving. You always want to win but
you've got to put things in perspective and the kids played hard. They always do."
Two days before, Wilsonville earned its first win of the season, 6-1, at West Albany.
Lindsey Antonson scored three goals. Tejeda-Martinez had two goals and Haley Stahl also put a ball in the back of the net. Camryn Pettenger-Wiley had two assists.
"We just controlled the middle of the field and if you win the middle of the field, you're going to win most games," Sheppick said. "Our midfield is as strong as anyone in the state. Even in our losses, I thought we controlled the middle of the field."
Antonson, who led Wilsonville with 22 goals last season as a freshman, has scored six of the Wildcats' 10 goals this year.
"Everybody is trying to take Lindsey out of the game," Sheppick. "Everybody knows Lindsey from last year. We're still trying to work around her being double and triple teamed and how we can play off of her. That's still a work in progress. It's kind of a good problem to have, when you have a weapon like that, that people have to deal with."
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