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Wildcats 3-0 in Northwest Oregon Conference after Tuesday and Thursday's victories

COURTESY PHOTO: GREG ARTMAN - Wilsonville's Araxi Tejada Martinez, No. 5, and Lindsey Antonson, scored goals against La Salle Prep Thursday.

Wilsonville (6-4-1, 3-0) saw a similar strategy from both of its opponents last week.

Neither plan worked as the Wildcats defeated Milwaukie 8-0 Tuesday and La Salle Prep 3-0 Thursday.

"Both teams played defensively, which worked for a bit, but eventually you hit a wall enough it cracks," Wilsonville coach Dwight Sheppick said. "The problem is when you're playing a team that doesn't have your speed and ability, you're playing on one half of the field so that makes it difficult as well. As we played, we had to knock the ball back and build it back up to find space and attack. The kids are pretty smart. They figure it out after a while and find a way."

Lindsey Antonson scored five goals at home against Milwaukie. Camryn Pettenger-Willey, Jenna Weiss and Renee Lee also put the ball in the back of the net.

"The nice thing is we got everybody in to play," Sheppick said. "Every game is productive if they stick to the process."

The Wildcats faced a tougher challenge at La Salle.

Antonson's 21st goal of the season gave Wilsonville an early 1-0 lead, but the Wildcats did not strike again until Araxi Tejada-Martinez put the ball in the back of the net with 10 seconds remaining in the first half.

Lee added a goal in the second half.

"La Salle is a good team," Sheppick said. "I was pleasantly surprised that they were good.They knocked the ball around pretty well. I was impressed with the way they played. They played under control and kept possession of the ball. We just had too much firepower. We're in the spot where they've been in the past, where we're the marked team, the one everybody wants to beat to make their season."

Derek Wiley
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