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Lions rack up TRL soccer awards

Kegan Wesley, Katie Moller, Zach Nelson and Greg Bean are all honored


by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Katie Moller was one of the top scorers in the Three Rivers League this season and was recently named the TRL's player of the year in girls soccer. by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Kegan Wesley was named the Three Rivers League's boys player of the year for his role as center-midfielder for the No. 3 ranked Lions this season.West Linn soccer teams fared quite well when the Three Rivers League awards were handed down recently. The Lions' Kegan Wesley and Katie Moller were named as both the top boy and girl player of the year respectively while boys head coach Greg Bean earned coach of the year and sophomore Zach Nelson shared the goalie of the year award with Lakeridge's Trevor Miller.

In the boys' voting, the top honor could have gone to a handful of players, including more than one Lion. Ryan Barber, Jackson Brooke, Colton Hefty and Blake Hepburn all made the first team and were infinitely valuable to this year's team, which went undefeated in league play and advanced to the semifinals.

Wesley was often the player behind the scenes this year, manning the midfield and directing the team's transition game.

“He's a highly skilled player and so tidy with the ball. When you play in the center of the field, it's a very high-profile position and, as a coach, you look to get him as many touches as possible,” Bean said.

The Lions thrived on possession this season and Wesley's field vision, accurate passing and decision making were crucial to the team on both sides of the ball.

Wesley routinely made the pass to set up scoring attempts and directed traffic through the midfield. He played center midfield for all but the Lions' first game of the season and, coincidentally, that was the only game West Linn lost this year prior to its semifinal defeat against Jesuit.

“After that, we realized we needed Kegan to be more of a distributor,” Bean said.

Nelson and Bean's awards were also well-earned. Bean and his assistants made a conscious effort to boost team chemistry this season and transformed the Lions from a team that finished tied for last in the TRL to one that won the league title and strung together 16 straight games without a loss.

Nelson manned the net for a team that didn't give up a goal for 12 straight games, yielding just one goal in all of league play.

“Zach and Trevor play on the same club team and have a lot of respect for each other,” Bean said.

On the girls' side, Moller was a fairly easy choice as one of the most dangerous scorers in the league this season.

Moller helped make the Lions one of the most explosive teams in the TRL on offense for a squad that took second place behind Clackamas in the standings.

She had the ability to create scoring chances from out of nowhere, was dangerous on set pieces and had a nose for finishing opportunities.




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