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Knee injury doesn't stop Teesdale

The Sherwood senior, despite tearing her ACL, plays in the title match
by: DAN BROOD STILL GOING — Sherwood senior Alex Teesdale (right) goes up for the ball in Saturday's Class 5A state championship match.

HILLSBORO - For Alex Teesdale, it was a familiar feeling.

And it certainly wasn't a good feeling.

Teesdale, a midfielder on the Sherwood High School girls soccer team, was enjoying strong senior season for the Lady Bowmen. She earned was an honorable mention all-Northwest Oregon Conference selection for her play during the regular season.

Teesdale then turned up her game even more during the Lady Bowmen's postseason run, turning in a crucial performance during the team's 3-2 win over Mountain View in a Class 5A state playoff quarterfinal contest.

What made this even more impressive is the fact that Teesdale accomplished all of this after missing her entire junior season due to a serious injury to her right knee.

'I just got back five months ago,' Teesdale said prior to Saturday's state championship match between the Lady Bowmen and Wilsonville. 'And I've been loving it.'

Then, it happened again. Teesdale and her Lady Bowmen teammates were playing at Willamette in a state playoff semifinal match on Nov. 15.

'It all happened the same way,' Teesdale said. 'I was pressuring the ball. I moved forward, and then tried to move back - but my body kept going forward. I felt a pop. Once you've experienced this, you know what it is.'

This time, it was her left knee. Teesdale tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. While serious, it wasn't as bad as her previous injury, when she tore her ACL in addition to other ligaments in her right knee.

But, that most likely meant that Teesdale's season was over, and she'd have to settle for cheering her teammates on in the state championship match.

Not so fast.

'I want to play,' Teesdale said Saturday as she shagged balls behind the goal as her teammates were taking shots prior to the championship contest. 'I've got my cleats on and my knee brace - I'm ready to go.'

But, even if she didn't get to play in the title contest, Teesdale was happy with how her senior season went.

'I'm so happy,' she said. 'I played hard every minute I was out there. This is a perfect season in all. It's all I could ask for.'

But, maybe, there was one other thing - getting to play in the championship match.

She got her wish.

'We're going to get her out there,' Sherwood coach Bill Brown said prior to the start of the contest. 'She wants to be part of this championship, so we're going to play her.'

Teesdale, after staying on the sideline for the first half of the contest, took the field to start the second half.

And she wasn't just out there, she was playing - and playing all out. She went hard for the ball, even going up for a high kick. Teesdale also went up high for one of the headers that's she's become known for during her nine minutes on the field.

She even took a shot for the Lady Bowmen during the penalty-kick shootout.

And, at the end, she got to celebrate a state championship with her teammates.

Not even a serious knee injury could stand in the way of this perfect ending.