Wilsonville dominates Hood River in first round of girls soccer playoffs
Wilsonville believes it is one of the best girls soccer teams in the state.
Tuesday night, the Wildcats began proving it.
Behind six goals from sophomore forward Lindsey Antonson, No. 3 Wilsonville shut out No. 14 Hood River Valley 8-0 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
"We were all super hyped and excited to come out here and play," said Antonson, who scored four of her goals in the first 17 minutes. "I was just really wanting to win, so I went out there and tried my hardest and the ball went in the back of the net for me."
After Hood River scored on its own goal to give the Wildcats a 5-0 lead at halftime, Antonson struck again about midway through the second half.
Her final goal came on a header off a corner kick by Renee Lee with 15 minutes remaining in the game.
"Lindsey's a beast," Wilsonville coach Dwight Sheppick said. "She got some great balls though. Renee Lee played some great balls. Credit to Lindsey for putting the ball in the net. That's not easy. Renee and her are like peanut butter and jelly right now. They don't have to look for each other. They just feel it and just play a ball in knowing that the other one is going to be on the other end."
Dalton Mermis scored Wilsonville's final goal with five minutes remaining.
"The pace we're playing at is hard for most 5A teams to play," Sheppick said. "We're just trying to keep our pace, regardless of what the score is, regardless of what the situation is, we want to play fast, we want to play clean, and just keep the pressure on. We don't want to take the foot off the pedal and let somebody back in the game."
The playoff win came after the Wildcats lost in the first round to the eventual state champ, Crescent Valley, last season.
"That was definitely a factor in how we played tonight," Antonson said. "We feel like we have unfinished business."
Sophomore midfielder Karina Borgen said the 8-0 result should put the rest of the state on notice.
"It shows we're here to fight," Borgen said. "A lot of teams know we're good, but I think posting this score is going to be a little eye opening to the other teams and they'll see Wilsonville is here to play, we're not joking around this year. We know that we have the skill to beat these (playoff) teams. We just have to believe it once we're out there and today I think we showed we believe it."
Wilsonville hosts West Albany Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the state quarterfinals.
"These kids are ready," Sheppick said. "They've very focused and hungry. Last year was a bitter pill to swallow."
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