Wilson celebrates

The Wilson High girls soccer team is trying to win its 12th Moore League championship in the last 16 years. The Bruins continued their quest for an undefeated league run with a 2-0 win over Millikan on Thursday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

It took some time for Wilson (11-5-1, 6-0-1) to find the net after battling Millikan (4-6-7 3-1-2) in a scoreless first half. Playing an unbeaten Moore League team for the second time in two days, Wilson coach Dalton Kaufman wasn’t surprised by the close match. The Bruins beat Lakewood on Tuesday.

“This team has a lot of composure and a real blue-collar work ethic,” Kaufman said. “This team believes in itself, and there’s never any doubt from these girls that they weren’t going to win.”

Wilson outshot Millikan 5-1 in the first half, and then the Bruins broke through in the second half when Cheyenne Tucker scored her third goal of the season in the 50th minute.

“Our main goal is to stay undefeated,” Tucker said.

Tucker became the ninth player on the team to score at least three goals. Kaufman said the balanced scoring is a staple for his hard-working group.

“We’re not a team made up of superstars,” Kaufman said. “We’re real blue-collar, 11 players on the field, and we all get it done at the same time.”

Millikan coach Tino Nunez was disappointed with the loss but knows his team can play better.

“It’s one of those things where, especially against a Wilson that plays a certain way, you need to settle down, you need to settle yourself down and settle the ball,"  Nunez said. “If you don’t do that, you’re going to play into their game, and it’s very hard to play against them in their game.”

Wilson senior Macy Sorensen scored her first goal of the season to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the 77th minute.

“That’s a really big part of our team,” Tucker said. “It’s not an ‘individual’ team, it’s a unit. We do it for each other, and we have done it since day one and we’re going to continue to do it.”

Millikan will look to rebound when it hosts Jordan on Tuesday.

“We still have games left, and that’s the message,” Nunez said. “We just need to finish.”

Wilson faces Compton on Tuesday, and has five league games remaining.

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