Wilsonville girls team played unbeaten Grant to a draw
The Wilsonville girls soccer team entered their match against the unbeaten Grant Generals having only played three games since their jamboree. The smoke had kept them inactive relative to the Generals, who were unbeaten in six games leading up to the showdown in Wilsonville. The Wildcats believed the work they put in made up for the cancellations.
"There are teams that are a definitely ahead of us with games, so that's unfortunate, but the way we're practicing so hard in practice, it's making up for it," Wilsonville junior forward Teagan McNamee said after the game.
Despite the lack of field time this season, the Wildcats hung in with one of the best teams in the state.
Wilsonville would pressure early, getting a corner kick in the 38th minute that would ultimately be deflected out for a Grant goal kick. Grant would flip the field, and a shot from Grant junior Ally Lee would be saved by Wildcat's keeper Sierra Bishop in the 34th minute. Wilsonville's offense was limited in the first half, and the Generals would continue to apply pressure throughout the remainder of the first forty minutes, but the score would remain nil-nil.
Wilsonville wouldn't escape the first half unscathed. Junior forward Alexis Leon-Guerrero would come off limping in the 18th minute, and junior defender Jillian Greene would follow suit in the seventh minute.
Wilsonville's keeper would make several key saves in the first five minutes of the second half, which would lead to Wilsonville getting big shots on goal from sophomore Araxi Tejeda-Martinez and Leon-Guerrero. Still, neither team could find the net. Back and forth action the rest of the half would draw cheers from the crowd, but the score board was still zeros when the horn sounded. Wilsonville was proud of the effort they put forward against one of the best teams in the state.
"I think that was one of our best games that we played yet," McNamee said after the game. "Grant's a great team, and I think we're going to be really good this year."
"I feel like we played super hard, and everyone tried their hardest," Wilsonville junior forward Alexis Leon-Guerrero said. "Even though it was a tie, it was a super hard team and we did our best with what we had. Some people got hurt but it was okay because we kept pushing on. Our intensity was pretty great."
Wilsonville (1-2-1) plays at Bend (3-0-1) and at home against Putnam (2-2) on Sept. 23 and 28, respectively.