Wright nets two winners

WHS soccer team jumps up to third place in league

Baylee Wright scored two winning goals off assists by Katie Boon to help the Washougal girls soccer team rise to third place in league.

“It brought tears to my eyes,” Wright said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to get that one goal that decides the game.”

Washougal and R.A. Long played 80 minutes of soccer without getting anything into the net Thursday, at Fishback Stadium. Just before the end of the first overtime session, Boon brought the ball up and kicked it into open space in front of the goal. Wright chased the ball down and chipped it past the keeper for a golden goal.

“I can’t even describe how I’m feeling right now,” Wright said. “We needed this win. It was all or nothing.”

The Panthers celebrated an exciting and exhausting 1-0 victory. They also earned redemption against the Lumberjills after losing to them in the first league game of the season.

“There’s no substitution for hard work,” said head coach Joey Fleming. “I thought the girls really stepped up their game in the second half and the overtime, and they finally got one in.”

Washougal outlasted Mark Morris 1-0 Oct. 6, in Longview. Wright scored the winning goal on an assist from Boon in the 77th minute. Washougal keeper Kat Moua made seven saves.

“I’ll definitely look back on these wins, especially for my senior year,” Wright said. “We butt heads out there, but the wins just bring love to the team and expresses lots of gratefulness.”

Washougal (7-3-1, 4-3) plays at Woodland today, at Ridgefield Thursday and hosts Hudson’s Bay Saturday. All three games start at 7 p.m.

“I just want us to be well-structured and to play with heart, no matter what the result is,” Wright said.