Wilsonville's girls soccer team blows out The Dalles, ties Lincoln
Ten minutes into last Tuesday's game, Kiersten White, goalkeeper for The Dalles, yelled to the sideline, to her coach, or whoever was listening: "What do I do?"
Wilsonville sophomore Lindsey Antonson had just scored her third goal of the match to give the Wildcats a swift 5-0 lead.
Wilsonville would add five more goals to blow out The Dalles 10-0 in a non-league Class 5A matchup.
"We were excited for the game and just wanting to score more goals so that we can just move forward and continue our season with our heads up and more confidence," Antonson said. "I think we're getting better and better each game, which is most important. We're just working on things in practice and then putting them into the games so that we can move forward and get better when league starts."
Antonson finished with four goals. Haley Stahl had two goals in the first 10 minutes and then later added a third.
"It was more of a team game today working together and see how we can improve," Stahl said.
"Haley is a hard worker," Wilsonville coach Dwight Sheppick said. "It's nice to see her get rewarded. She does everything we've asked her to and more. She's one of the hardest working kids on the team. That's why she became a captain. Haley is going to get her goals just from hard work."
Araxi Tejada-Martinez scored two goals and Annika Jenson also put a ball in the back of the net.
"I knew going in that this wasn't going to be much of a challenge," Sheppick said. "The challenge with that is that the kids don't play down and that they play to the level they're expected to. They came out and did everything right."
The defense, led by junior Keira McNamee, earned its first shutout of the season.
"Our communication has probably been the best it's been in the three years I've been here now," McNamee said. "We have a tighter bond and I think that's helped a lot."
"Keira has become a leader," Sheppick said. "She's grown into her game and her soccer IQ. Everything has just clicked. The lightbulb has come on and I'm just really proud of how far she's come."
The Wildcats tied Class 6A Lincoln 2-2 on Thursday.
Renee Lee and Dalton Mermis scored Wilsonville's goals.
The Wildcats never led.
"We were a bit fortunate, but we took advantage of mistakes," Sheppick said. "We don't talk about winning or losing. The kids know they want to win so we don't have to talk about that. All we talk about is that they're better in the next game than the last game, better in the second half than the first half. We're building up to the regular season."
Wilsonville (2-3-1) has two more non-league games (Sept. 26 vs Canby and Oct. 1 vs Sherwood) before opening NWOC on Oct. 9 at Scappoose.
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