Wilsonville girls soccer powers past Putnam 6-0 in Class 5A state quarterfinals
The Wilsonville girls soccer team is on a mission.
The Wildcats, after losing the 2019 state championship game, then seeing their 2020 campaign truncated because of the COVID-19 pandemic, are determined to get every experience, every goal, every game and every win out of the 2021 campaign.
The proved that in spades on Saturday, Nov. 6, racing past Putnam 6-0 in the Class 5A state quarterfinals at Wilsonville High School.
"I'm really excited," said Wilsonville senior forward Brighton Ring, who scored twice in the win over Putnam. "The goal for the whole season has been to get to the state championship because we lost it two years ago in an unfortunate round of PKs. We really want to earn that title this year because we didn't get the chance to last year because of COVID."
"I think that was our goal tonight — just to show that we're the number one team, just to show that we're going to win a championship and that's what we're working for," said senior forward Lindsey Antonson, who scored three times in the win, and in the process, broke the Oregon all-time scoring record for girls soccer; for more on that accomplishment, visit bit.ly/3wmy4eo. "That's what our goal was tonight."
With the win — the team's 11th straight — the top-ranked Wildcats improved to 16-0-1 overall and extended their season-long unbeaten streak to 17 games after winning the Northwest Oregon Conference. No. 8 Putnam, meanwhile, saw its three-game winning streak snapped and ended its year at 8-4-2 after finishing third in the NWOC.
"It didn't go the way we wanted it to go, but we had fun doing it," said sophomore goalkeeper Hailey Patlan; the first-team all-NWOC keeper stopped two penalty kicks in the loss to Wilsonville. "It's a tough way to end the season, honestly, but being here was really fun."
"They are very good, (but) I just knew I wanted to play hard because I love all of our seniors," added sophomore midfielder Aliyah Huynh. "I wanted to make them proud."
The Kingsmen — in their best season since winning the NWOC title and reaching the state semifinals in 2014 — did indeed fight hard on Saturday, but the Wildcats were not going to be denied.
Wilsonville notched its first goal just 1 minute, 55 seconds into the game when Ring took a pass from sophomore Brianna Crane and connected for a 1-0 lead. Antonson then made it 2-0 with 32:02 left in the half when she made a run up the left seam and blasted a 17-yard shot to the left side.
Antonson was on the attack again less than a minute later, but her hard shot was deflected by Patlan, only to see Ring follow up with a shot to the right corner of the net to make it 3-0. The Wildcats pushed their lead to 4-0 when sophomore Kenley Whittaker headed home a long free kick with 12:56 to go in the half, and Antonson got her second goal five minutes later when she drilled a 17-yard shot from the top of the Kingsmen penalty box to make it 5-0.
While the Kingsmen wouldn't score Saturday, they did get two shots on goal by sophomore midfielder Ariana Barney in the first half, the second of those an angled shot from the left side that glanced off the crossbar late in the half.
Antonson then added the game's final goal — and broke the state scoring record — 9:47 into the second half when she collected the ball in the middle of the penalty box, took one touch to her right past a Putnam defender and drove a hard, right-footed shot into the corner of the goal for the final 6-0 margin.
"I'm so proud of the team," Antonson said. "We're after that championship, just to make history for our school and bring it home, but it takes a lot of work and we're ready for it. We're prepared for it and we know what it takes."
For their part, the youthful Kingsmen — with just four seniors in their lineup — left proud of their season and excited for what lies ahead.
"We're going to have a lot more time (to work) and we're going to grind throughout the preseason and we are going to be the best next season," Patlan added.
Next up, Wilsonville hosts No. 4 Crescent Valley at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the state semifinals.
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