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The Wildcats open Northwest Oregon Conference play Wednesday at home versus Scappoose.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Angel Ulloa Romero battles for possession of the ball against Forest Grove Tuesday.

Wilsonville finished nonleague play last Tuesday with a 3-2 loss at Forest Grove.

The Wildcats scored first on a penalty kick by Adam Landy.

After Forest Grove quickly answered, Landy scored again on a scrum in the box to give Wilsonville a 2-1 lead at intermission.

Wilsonville coach Ian Reschke said Forest Grove came out on fire in the second half, throwing numbers and crosses into the Wildcats penalty area right off the opening whistle.

"They basically muscled in a goal within the first few minutes of the second half scoring on a scrum in our box," Reschke said.

About 15 minutes later, Forest Grove went up 3-2 on a cross and finish.

"The second half was fairly even, they just finished their opportunities," Reschke said. "It was a good high intensity game to end preseason."

The Wildcats finished the nonleague part of their schedule 3-2-3 and No. 9 in the Class 5A OSAA rankings.

"It's more than the win-loss record at this point in the season and that's the message that I always pass on to the guys," Reschke said. "It's about learning and progressing.  We figured out some of our strengths and weaknesses as a group. I believe this group of guys will learn from our errors and successes that we had in this difficult preseason schedule and use those lessons in a positive way moving forward.  We have essentially been in a rebuilding stage for the first month trying to figure out our most effective combinations without some of our impact players of last season."

Wilsonville opens NWOC play Wednesday at home against Scappoose.

The Indians are 2-5 and No. 23 in the OSAA rankings.

"Now as the league season starts, it's more about refining those things that we've identified in the preseason," Reschke said. "We can still do some experimentation as we go through league, but we really need to have things down by the time we have three or four games of league left."

The Wildcats finished 5-2 and second to La Salle Prep in the NWOC last year. The Falcons are 6-0 and No. 1 in 5A this season.

"The (Wilsonville) team is certainly talented enough to challenge for a league title, but it will come down to how they compete during the tough games," Reschke said.  "We should be confident going into league, but not overconfident. We play in a good league and there are a good number of teams that have the quality to compete for playoff spots. We have to make sure we have our mentality right going into each game and make sure we get our jobs done individually and collectively. If we can do that, I know we will be hard to beat."


Derek Wiley
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