Boys soccer: Timmy Bourque's hat trick lifts Wilsonville in first-round rout of Mountain View
Wildcats to face Silverton in 5A quarterfinals Nov. 9
Thanks in part to a hat trick by senior forward Timmy Bourque, the Wilsonville boys soccer team ousted Bend-Mountain View 5-1 in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs Nov. 5 at Randall Stadium.
The win propelled the Wildcats (11-3-1) into the Nov. 9 quarterfinals against Silverton, which upset Wilson 2-1 in a first-round match. They are advancing past the first round for the fourth time in five years.
Wilsonville now boasts an unbeaten streak of nine games, going 8-0-1 since falling to Hillsboro at home Sept. 24. The program recently captured a conference title for the first time since leaving the Tri-Valley League.
If we play like that and stick to our game plan, we dont think anyone can really beat us right now, Bourque said. But were still cautious. Were not overconfident. We still have that underdog mentality.
The Wildcats, who entered the match on the heels of an 8-1 rout of Milwaukie in their regular-season finale, overwhelmed Mountain View (5-6-6) by reaching the five-goal mark for the third time in four games.
Bourque gave Wilsonville a boost just 30 seconds after the opening kickoff, snatching possession of the ball deep in Cougars territory and powering a shot past Mountain View goalkeeper Brian Razo.
Our whole thing is, we have to have intensity for the first 10 or 15 minutes to come out and kind of shock them, Bourque said. (Junior midfielder Adam Kane) played a pretty decent ball over the top, which is what weve been working on just dropping it right around the 18 in front of the keeper where he cant get to it. It was bouncing around, and I was just there to clean it up.
Bourque extended his teams lead to 2-0 in the 8th minute, finishing a crafty no-look backwards pass from sophomore forward Garrett Bonnell.
But the Cougars responded on a goal by junior forward Mario Torres, who converted a rebound of sophomore midfielder Zach Emersons direct kick in the 23rd minute.
For the Wildcats, it made for an unsettling halftime score.
We were pretty nervous, Bourque said. Thats not something comfortable to go into the locker room with. And you know their coach is getting them pumped up by saying, Its only 2-1. You can get right back in it. Our mentality was, Lets put this away as early as we can.
Wilsonville did just that.
Seven minutes into the second half, Bonnell settled a pass from Bourque and scored from close range on a successful counterattack to give the Wildcats a 3-1 lead.
Thats the game plan up there just to let us play off of each other and use the chemistry weve been working on, Bourque said.
Wilsonville earned additional insurance in the 60th minute on a header by senior forward Kyle Roberts, who celebrated by blowing a kiss in the direction of the student section.
Bourque completed his hat trick in the 73rd minute on a pass from Bonnell.
Clearly, this was not the Mountain View team that reached the state finals last season. Without seven graduated seniors, the Cougars defeated just one 5A team all year Crescent Valley, in the play-in round. (They also won two games by forfeit and two more against 4A opponents.)
Emerson, who logged a hat trick in Mountain Views play-in victory, was contained by Wildcats junior Jason Johnson. And the Cougars speed on the wings was negated by Wilsonvilles disciplined defense.
We didnt really know much about them, Bourque said. But we went in assuming theyll have some talent from last year left over.
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