By René Ferrán
With only six weeks of competition and no state championship events, it won’t be a normal high school sports season. Nevertheless, we examine the top returning players and outlook for every Class 5A girls soccer league in Oregon.
Lindsey Antonson (Wilsonville) photo by Greg Artman
Northwest Oregon Conference
First team: F Lindsey Antonson, Jr., Wilsonville; F Tessa Davidson, Sr., Scappoose; M Taliya Miyama, Sr., Hillsboro; M Anika Havlik, Sr., Scappoose; M Grace Negelspach, Sr., Scappoose; D Katelyn McDougal, Jr., Wilsonville; D Kate Collins, Jr., La Salle Prep.
Second team: F Natalie Pfleger, Jr., La Salle Prep; M Mackenzie Greenslade, Sr., La Salle Prep; M Maddie Khaw, Sr., La Salle Prep; M Karina Borgen, Jr., Wilsonville; M Margaret Shively, Jr., Hillsboro; D Keira McNamee, Sr., Wilsonville; D Rylee Cook, Sr., Scappoose; D Maria Reardon, Sr., St. Helens.
Honorable mention: F Emily Mora, Sr., Hillsboro; M Kiera Fagan, Jr., Scappoose; M Emma Blackwell, Jr., Hillsboro; M Jessica Ross, Jr., Parkrose; M Mimi Booth, Jr., Parkrose; M Suleika Mora, Sr., Milwaukie; D Stella Goldberry, Sr., Putnam; D Dalton Mermis, Jr., Wilsonville; D Autumn Terry, Sr., Scappoose; D Jenna Stein, Sr., Milwaukie; D Kayley Easton, Sr., Parkrose; D Dylan Kem, Sr., Hillsboro; D Maleena Nicols, So., Parkrose; GK Gabrielle Alexander, Jr., St. Helens; GK Dylan Mulkey, Sr., Parkrose; GK Carly Weber, Sr., La Salle Prep.
Wilsonville last season made its third appearance in a state final, falling in a penalty-kick shootout to Crescent Valley. Antonson, the 5A player of the year, scored 46 goals and has committed to Oregon State, while McDougal and Borgen give the Wildcats a solid midfield nucleus for the next two seasons. Davidson is a two-time all-state selection for Scappoose, which returns three first-team all-conference picks and should challenge Wilsonville again for the NWOC title. La Salle Prep narrowly missed the playoffs last season but appears poised to leapfrog Putnam and Hillsboro in the conference standings.
First team: F Briana Kubli, Sr., Willamette.
Second team: M Sela Freeman, So., Churchill; D Lauren Becraft, Jr., North Eugene; M Reice Newell, Sr., North Eugene; D Joelle Annen, So., Ashland; D Mia Tewes, Jr., Crater; M Brooklyn Garrigus, Jr., North Bend; F Molly Picatti, Sr., North Bend.
Honorable mention: M Ruby Waters, Jr., Churchill; F Leslie Monjaras, Jr., Churchill; F Eva Brady, Sr., Willamette; D Adriene Willis, So., Willamette; F Grace Thaut, Sr., Willamette; F Sydney Petersen, Sr., Springfield; M Suzy Alatorre, So., Springfield; M Katie Carver, Sr., North Bend; M Kayleigh Gugliotta, Jr., Crater; M Sidalie Jaramillo, Sr., Thurston; D Kylie Balero, Jr., Eagle Point; F Ashley Hart, Jr., North Eugene; M Olivia Hoskinson, Jr., North Eugene; F Avery Wormdahl, Jr., North Eugene; GK Rachael Snyder, So., North Bend; GK Alexi Morgan, So., Springfield.
Churchill reached the 2018 final and the semifinals in 2019, while 2017 finalist North Eugene also made the 2019 semifinals. Both teams should again be among the top teams in the Eugene half of the league (the MWL will reunite in the fall, when the pandemic hopefully will be in check), even with the Lancers and Highlanders each graduating two all-state players. Willamette went unbeaten in league play last season and handed Churchill its only loss in MWL play. Kubli is a dynamic striker whose hat trick sent the Wolverines to the quarterfinals for a second consecutive season. Watch for North Bend to pull out a surprise result or two with four all-MWL players back.
First team: D Jada Foster, Sr., Crescent Valley; F Anna McClave, Sr., Crescent Valley; M Myranda Marquez, Jr., Woodburn (4A Oregon West); F Yahaira Rodriguez, Sr., Woodburn; D Alyssa Padilla, Sr., Woodburn.
Second team: F Anna Dazey, Sr., Corvallis; M Camryn Pugh, Jr., Corvallis; M Megan Adamec, Sr., West Albany; F Lily Ruiz, Jr., West Albany.
Honorable mention: F Sara Matsuba, Sr., Corvallis; D Ellie Hintzman, Sr., Corvallis; M Morgan Linde, Sr., West Albany; M Jenna Sally, Jr., West Albany; M Alyssa Mendoza, So., South Albany; M Emma Poris, Jr., South Albany; M Carmen Shepard, So., Lebanon; F Kianna Guzon, Jr., Lebanon; D Vanessa Bravo, Jr., North Salem; M Quilaztli Miguel-Lapham, Sr., North Salem; GK Cecilia Espericueta, Jr., Central; F Julis Martinez, Jr., Central; F/M Cassidy Garibaldo, So., Woodburn; D Caitlynn Spencer, So., Woodburn.
Two-time defending state champion Crescent Valley graduated two all-state players — GK Peyton Dale (Willamette) and MWC player of the year M Claire Macy (Quincy) — but still has two first-team all-state players coming back. McClave will play basketball at Western Oregon but first looks to follow her 14-goal junior season. Foster anchored a Raiders defense that allowed nine goals in 18 matches and posted 11 shutouts. Two-time defending MWC champion Corvallis has a new coach in Dutch native Hans Rooding, whose brand of free-flowing soccer should allow Dazey, Pugh and Matsuba to shine. 2019 quarterfinalist West Albany is led by four-year varsity starter Adamec among four all-MWC returners. Woodburn had never reached a state final (its best previous finish was the semifinals in 1997) before capping last season’s run through the 4A bracket as a No. 9 seed with a 1-0 victory over Marist Catholic. The Bulldogs, who will play in the MWC this season because of the pandemic, had nine freshmen play key roles on their title-winning team but will be led again by Marquez (26 goals, 14 assists) and Rodriguez, whose 19th goal in 2019 was the winner in the final.
First team: M/F Selena Gallacher, So., Ridgeview; M/F Courtney Hert, Sr., The Dalles; M Mira Olson, Sr., Hood River Valley; M Abby McCormack, Sr., Hood River Valley; F Vanessa Preciado, Sr., Hood River Valley; F Dagne Harris, Jr., Redmond; F Reilly Lovercheck, Jr., Pendleton; D Scout Bale, Sr., Ridgeview; GK Lindsey Littlesky, Jr., Pendleton.
Second team: M/F Lily Gallentine, So., Ridgeview; M/F Hadley Brown, So., Ridgeview; M Lilly Janasik, Sr., Hood River Valley; F Payton Rogerson, Sr., Redmond; D Maria Bishai, Sr., Hood River Valley; D Emily Adams, Jr., The Dalles; D Ashley Vasquez, Sr., The Dalles; GK Jessica Sperber, Jr., Ridgeview.
Honorable mention: M/F Emma Bales, Jr., Crook County; M Vivian Harrah, Jr., The Dalles; W/M Kelsey Lovercheck, Jr., Pendleton; GK Kierstin White, Sr., The Dalles; GK Alyssa McConnell, Jr., Redmond.
Since Summit and Bend moved up to 6A, Ridgeview has ruled the roost in the IMC, winning the past two titles. The Ravens bring back five all-conference selections but must replace the production of IMC player of the year and first-team all-state M/F Averi Hartford. Hood River Valley shared the conference title last season and has a more veteran team returning, with four seniors who received all-IMC honors. The Dalles has qualified for the playoffs the past two seasons in third place but could get pushed by Redmond and Pendleton this spring.