Kitzmiller returns in goal to lead retooling Wildcats
The Wilsonville girls soccer team has had plenty to celebrate in recent years, reaching the state finals in 2011 and winning a league title last year.
But since the Wildcats lost three first-team all-league honorees from their 2012 roster to graduation, it will be up to a new crop of athletes to build on the programs successes.
Under fourth-year coach Becca Shook, Wilsonville will face three Class 6A teams in preseason play before kicking off Northwest Oregon Conference competition Oct. 3 at Liberty.
Leading the Wildcats is senior Bess Kitzmiller, an all-league goalkeeper last season.
AT A GLANCE
WILSONVILLE GIRLS SOCCER 2013
Coach: Becca Shook (fourth year)
Last year: Lost to Corvallis in the Class 5A quarterfinals
Key players: Bess Kitzmiller, Ali Bourque, Kendall Tate
Key losses: Elyse Laurin, Emily Hooper, Michelle Teramura
Outlook: Defending the league title wont be easy for Wilsonville, which lost three first-team all-conference honorees to graduation.
First home game: 7 p.m. Sept. 12 vs. Union (WA)
9/3 West Linn (6A) 6 p.m.
9/10 Cleveland 7 p.m.
9/12 UNION (WA) 7 p.m.
9/17 Tigard (6A) 7 p.m.
9/19 WILSON 7 p.m.
9/23 Woodburn 6 p.m.
9/26 NEWBERG (6A) 7 p.m.
10/3 Liberty * 7 p.m.
10/10 ST. HELENS * 7 p.m.
10/15 Sandy * 6 p.m.
10/17 SHERWOOD * 7 p.m.
10/22 PUTNAM * 7 p.m.
10/24 Parkrose * 4:30 p.m.
10/29 Milwaukie * 7 p.m.
* Northwest Oregon Conference game