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Girls soccer: Wilsonville determined to use shutout of Sherwood as 'stepping stone'

Wildcats earn seventh-straight victory with goals by Johnson, Bourque


by: JEFF GOODMAN - Alexis Glavey (right) tracks a high-bouncing ball Oct. 17 at Randall Stadium. She and the Wilsonville girls soccer team earned their seventh-straight win with a shutout of top-ranked Sherwood.There were hugs and high-fives, even a celebratory run through the student section’s human tunnel. But the Wilsonville girls soccer team made a point of not getting too wrapped up in its 2-0 shutout of top-ranked Sherwood at home Oct. 17.

Last year, the Wildcats snapped a nine-game series losing streak with a 4-2 triumph over the Bowmen — their first win over their rivals since 2006. But they didn’t achieve the postseason success they were hoping for, falling in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.

“We kind of lost momentum after we beat them last year, and we didn’t do as well in state as they did,” junior forward Riley Johnson said. “So we want to try to move on from this and keep it going towards state.”

At the moment, Wilsonville (8-2-1, 4-0 in the Northwest Oregon Conference) appears to be well on its way.

It posted its seventh-consecutive win, outscoring opponents 26-4 during the impressive streak.

It remained perfect in league action, earning a measure of separation from its rival in its quest for a second-straight conference title.

And it earned a signature win in the final chapter of its league rivalry with Sherwood (7-2-2, 2-1-1), which is expected to jump to Class 6A next year.

The Wildcats and the Bowmen, who faced off in the 2011 state finals, have held firm positions in the upper echelon of Class 5A over the last two years. Entering their recent meeting at Randall Stadium, the rivals had a combined record of 23-5-4 since last year’s league match in Sherwood.

In fact, Sherwood had lost just twice since falling to Wilsonville last year, both times to Bend-Summit: first in the 2012 state title match and again in a preseason duel last month.

The Bowmen entered the recent rivalry match with a nine-game unbeaten streak during which they outscored opponents 28-5.

Wilsonville, though, wasn’t afraid.

“We came into the game really confident,” senior Savannah Stehman said. “We knew we could do it.”

The Wildcats scored both of their goals off of free kicks in the first half.

In the 6th minute, Johnson anticipated a rebound on junior Ali Bourque’s strike from about 30 yards out and knocked the ball past Sherwood goalkeeper Madison Reimer.

“It was kind of weird,” Johnson said. “Ali was actually trying to send it in to me — we’ve been practicing that. We knew the keeper had a history of bobbling balls, so we were trying to test her a little bit. It seemed to work.”

Added Wilsonville coach Becca Shook: “Riley’s great. Our forwards in general have really stepped up and become a key component to the success we’ve had. Their movement off the ball — they weren’t doing that at the beginning of the season. They weren’t finishing. It’s just in the last two weeks that we’ve really put that together. For (Johnson) to be there to follow that in was huge.”

Bourque earned another free kick from a similar spot in the 21st minute after Bowmen freshman Cameron Greene was penalized with a yellow card. This time, her ball swung around Sherwood’s human wall and found its way into the net.

After the play, one of the Bowmen assistants told Reimer to ask her teammates to assemble a wall next time. Reimer then told the assistant that there had been a wall.

“Wow,” the assistant said, evidently impressed with Bourque’s touch.

“That’s probably my favorite part of high school soccer — taking the corners and the free kicks,” Bourque said. “Just getting it over their wall and knowing my team is gonna be there to finish whatever I hit. (Wildcats goalkeeper Bess Kitzmiller) had actually said, ‘Ali, just take it.’ Previously, I tried to hit a low one, and it went right into their wall, so I had to try a different tactic. I went for the far corner.”

Bourque has become a key contributor for Wilsonville, taking over free-kick duties for graduated senior and current Colorado School of Mines athlete Michelle Teramura.

Although she played mostly at forward for the last two seasons, she has been effective as a holding center midfielder this year.

“She’s phenomenal in there,” Shook said. “She breaks things up through the middle, and she takes all of our set pieces. She’s doing great.”

Added Stehman: She’s just spot-on. She’s one of those players who’s been able to step it up and put the ball where she wants it.”

First-half success on offense led Wilsonville emerge from its halftime huddle with a more defensive-minded approach, which it needed to fend off an inspired Sherwood attack.

In the 43rd minute, Bowmen forward Allison Schwarm came close to getting a foot on a through-ball. Three minutes later, Sherwood forward McKenzie Cottle’s shot was rejected by Wilsonville defender Nicole Laschober. Shortly thereafter, Stehman defended a corner kick.

In the 51st minute, Kitzmiller jumped to deflect a free kick into the crossbar and made another save on an ensuing second chance for the Bowmen. The student section responded with chants of, “Bess is the best!”

It was the fourth shutout win of the season for the Wildcats, who generated very little offense of their own but kept Sherwood from creating any high-percentage opportunities after that.

“It wasn’t a pretty defensive half, but we did what we needed to do,” Bourque said. “There was a lot of communication. There were a lot of balls being hit out, but we did what we needed to do.”

Bourque added that beating the Bowmen won’t mean much if Wilsonville doesn’t built on the win in the postseason.

“This is a plus, but this is just a stepping stone,” she said. “We’re really looking forward to state. That’s really where we want to take it. We haven’t peaked yet.”

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AT A GLANCE

A look at the Wilsonville girls soccer team’s last 11 matches against rival Sherwood, which is expected to jump to Class 6A next year:

Oct. 5, 2006: WILSONVILLE 4, Sherwood 0

Oct. 4, 2007: SHERWOOD 2, Wilsonville 1 (OT)

Oct. 30, 2007: SHERWOOD 2, Wilsonville 1

Sept. 11, 2008: Sherwood 4, WILSLNVILLE 1

Oct. 9, 2008: SHERWOOD 2, Wilsonville 0

Sept. 17, 2009: SHERWOOD 4, Wilsonville 0

Oct. 15, 2009: Sherwood 1, WILSONVILLE 0 (OT)

Oct. 6, 2010: Sherwood 2, WILSONVILLE 0

Oct. 11, 2011: SHERWOOD 5, Wilsonville 2

Nov. 19, 2011: Sherwood 1, Wilsonville 0 (5-4 PKs) *

Oct. 18, 2012: Wilsonville 4, SHERWOOD 2

Oct. 17, 2013: WILSONVILLE 2, Sherwood 0

* Class 5A title match

Home team in CAPS




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