Wilsonville girls soccer team falls in shootout for state title
HILLSBORO — Wilsonville dominated possession and outshot Crescent Valley 11-1 over 100 minutes, but it was not enough to bring home the program's first state title.
Playing for the Class 5A girls soccer championship, the Wildcats fell 1-0 in penalty kicks Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.
"We dominated the game," Wilsonville coach Dwight Sheppick said. "It's as simple as that. For 100 minutes, we dominated the game. They had one shot the whole game and no shots in the second half. But that's soccer. It's a cruel sport and right now I'm hating it, but I love my kids. They played their hearts out and they deserved better than they got. If you get beat by a team that just comes out and outscores you, it's easier to handle. When you lose in a shootout, you don't feel like you lost."
Wilsonville entered the match on fire, having scored 19 goals in the first three rounds of the playoffs, but the Raiders, who did not allow a goal in the postseason, brought a much stiffer test.
"No. 17 is one of the best defenders in the state, if not the best," Sheppick said of Crescent Valley junior Jada Foster, who was tasked with tracking Wilsonville sophomore Lindsey Antonson, who scored 46 goals this season. "They (Raiders) definitely had her (Antonson) targeted."
Dominating the middle of the field, the Wildcats controlled the possession, but struggled to get clean shots off against Crescent Valley's defense.
Wilsonville's defense was even more effective. The Raiders only shot of the game came late in the first half.
"They're a defensive team, but we were the better defensive team today," Sheppick said. "(Crescent Valley junior) Anna's (McClave) a very good player. She's one of the better strikers in the state and we shut her down. These kids played with their heart and that's all you can ever ask. They put everything on the line and it just didn't turn out the way we had hoped."
Getting their own strikers out wide, the Wildcats were able to create a bit more space for Antonson in the second half. Wilsonville also had three corner kicks in the final 17 minutes, but were unable to capitalize.
"We had a number of opportunities to put the game away in regulation and the kids haven't been in a close game for five or six weeks," Sheppick said. "I was worried about how they would handle a close game and they showed their heart. They fought for 100 minutes. My only regret is that they didn't get what they earned."
Antonson had four shots in overtime, one hit the crossbar, another missed wide left, and two were saved by Crescent Valley goalkeeper Payton Dale, including one with nine seconds remaining.
"They have a really strict defense," Antonson said. "We had our opportunities, it's just a bummer that we couldn't get any in the back of the net."
The Raiders then won 4-3 in penalty kicks with McClave scoring the game-clinching goal to capture their second straight state title.
Dale and Antonson were named the Moda Health Players of the Game, but Sheppick noted sophomore midfielder Karina Borgen was just as important to the Wildcats.
"Lindsey was great, but Korena controlled the game more than any one individual," Sheppick said. "They all played well, but she was phenomenal."
Wilsonville finished the season 13-5-1, reaching the state championship game for the first time since 2011.
"I couldn't be more proud of them, but it's going to take them a while to realize what a special year they had and to realize that they played phenomenal," Sheppick said. "This is a game they should never forget because of how they played. Second is always hard to accept, but I'd better be here and lose than be here and watch."
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