Wednesday belonged to Addison Werth.
The freshman forward turned in a two-goal, one-assist performance during the Oregon girls soccer team’s 8-0 Badger West win over Madison Edgewood on Wednesday, May 4, at Reddan Soccer Park in Verona.
“Addy had a coming-out party tonight, that’s for sure,” Oregon head coach Bobby Nichols said. “She played really well. She is slowly coming on, she’s been really nervous as a freshman. Today must have been her day. She definitely made an impression on all of us for sure.”
Oregon’s 11-game shutout streak to start the season was ended by Nicolet, but the Panthers still picked up a 4-1 nonconference win over Nicolet on Friday, May 6, in Milwaukee. Nicolet came in ranked No. 6 in Division 2.
Sophomore Delaney Hoelker and junior Aubree Caya both scored goals in the win.
Against Edgewood, Werth scored her first goal in the 21st minute to give the Panthers (12-0, 5-0 Badger West) a 2-0 lead. Werth assisted on a Katelyn Studebaker goal in the second half to make it 5-0 and capped the scoring in the 79th with her second goal.
Some of Werth’s more tenured teammates — junior Elise Boyd and senior Zoey Pagels also had big games. Boyd netted a hat trick and assisted on a score, while Pagels finished with one goal to go along with a game-high three assists. Hoelker and Studebaker also had goals in the win. Senior Emily Mikkelson, Caya and sophomore Katherine Pankratz all recorded an assist in the victory.
“They don’t care who scores, as long as we score,” Nichols said. “Forwards are typically a bit selfish. Ours want to score, but they also want to help each other score as well.”
Wednesday's matchup had big implications on the Badger West race. Both Oregon and Edgewood entered the game atop the conference standings with 4-0 marks.
“We knew this game was big, knew that Edgewood thought they were going to beat us tonight,” Oregon senior Ella Wirtz said. “We knew we had to make sure that didn’t happen.”
Edgewood — ranked No. 10 in Division 3 — came into Wednesday with seven shutouts, allowing just five goals in nine games on the season.
The 8-0 win was Oregon’s 11th clean sheet of the season.
“We have a lot of confidence with Payton (Lang) behind them,” Nichols said. “We’re where we need to be.”
Lang — a senior goalie — is a UW-Green Bay commit, along with Pagels.
Nichols said his team knows they will be playing with a target on its back the rest of the season.
“We’re a confident team, we know we have the ability,” Wirtz said. “We’re No. 1 in state right now, but we also know everyone wants us and we have to keep up our confidence but continue to be humble because nothing is guaranteed. The work ethic is honestly bigger than our confidence right now.”