Wilsonville boys soccer team blows out Parkrose, St. Helens
Wilsonville put the loss to No. 1 La Salle behind it by outscoring its next two NWOC opponents 13-1 last week.
Parkrose came to Wilsonville Tuesday with a 3-0 record in league play, but the Broncos were no match for the Wildcats, falling 4-0.
"We just came off a loss to La Salle, we really wanted to win that game and I think we were definitely sad about that and definitely wanted to come back out with a win," said Adam Landy, who scored two goals and had two assists against Parkrose. "We came out super hard and worked super hard, and we got the goals early. We were feeling really good. That was a really good team, so we're definitely feeling happy about the win. This is the game we needed to win for sure."
Wilsonville did need about 15 minutes to figure out the Broncos.
"Our players, I think were just too impatient," Wildcats coach Ian Reschke said. "I think they sensed some vulnerabilities in their back line and really started taking things on individually more than we should be, taking too many touches, and we ended up losing the ball in bad areas, just playing the game that we're not best at. We're best at passing the ball around and moving the ball around quickly. We were just holding on to the ball too long and that's the bottom line. Once we figured out we've got to get the ball off of our foot quick and get behind them, things started to work."
Senior Elijah Powlison started the scoring, taking a cross from Landy and putting the ball in the back of the net.
Landy then scored two quick goals, one on a cross from Ryan McCord to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead with about 15 minutes remaining in the first half.
"That's the thing about this team is that we're a good problem solving team," Reschke said. "Every opponent is different and just figuring out what is going to unlock that opponent. I think more of it was mental and once they settled into the game and realized we shouldn't be taking too many touches."
About five minutes into the second half, Jared Perez then scored on a cross from Landy to extend Wilsonville's lead to 4-0.
Landy, who missed the league opener against Scappoose on Oct. 9 with a hamstring injury, said he's feeling 100 percent.
"I'm just glad to be back out," Landy said. "I hate not playing."
The Wildcats second unit played for most of the second half.
"The big thing was getting our bench players some quality minutes, which they didn't have that opportunity against La Salle last week," Reschke said. "It was nice to give them an opportunity to play, and kind of see where they're at, and see who has the potential to be an impact player in a big moment. We saw some glimpses of good play from some players off the bench tonight that I was pleased with."
Wilsonville, which then won 9-1 at St. Helens last Thursday, finish the regular season this week. The No. 7 Wildcats host No. 5 Hillsboro this Thursday on senior night.
"It's a nice week to end on with a couple of strong teams going into the playoffs," Reschke said. "I'm just really pleased with how the guys are coming together. We've got some good chemistry, working well together."
The Class 5A playoffs begin Wednesday, Nov. 6.
"We've got some work to do," Reschke said. "There's no doubt about it. Every game we learn something new about ourselves and what we can improve on. It just opened up some more questions for us, but I like the progression. We've learned quite a bit since September, but we're not done learning. We're not done improving. We're in a good projectory."
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