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Westside Girls Soccer is off to a fun start this summer.
August began with “Guest Coaches Camp,” with some fantastic sessions run by three different former players, each of whom played top level college soccer, and now each coach the beautiful game. Then, more spirited training sessions last week and on Thursday, a team bonding event as the girls donned their hiking gear and headed up the gorge.
First, the girls hiked up and in about 2 miles to the pristine “Triple Falls.” No surprise but several players “attacked” the trail like it was a competition to see who could work the hardest and get there first. Back down to the trailhead and followed by a short walk up the road and then it was time to negotiate the large log debris pile that blocks the way into Oneonta Falls and the pool at the base of the falls that offered swimming and minor rock jumping. The water was brisk, but after a couple of hours hiking in the heat, it was a well earned cool down.
Treats on the drive home, including an ice cream concoction featuring Pineapple, made for an enjoyable end to a memorable outing.
The team begins formal tryouts and training this week with the first preseason match just 12 days away.
A number of Westside athletes received All State recognition for their outstanding contributions on the pitch and court this fall. Congratulations exceptional Eagles!
Junior – Captain – Forward/attacking mid
27 goals (8 game winning) & 16 assists
1st team All League (third consecutive year)
1st Team All State (third consecutive year)
Lilie de la Motte
Senior – Captain – Attacking/holding mid
17 goals & 10 assists this year
1st team All League (second consecutive year)
1st Team All State
Senior – Captain – Centermid
2nd team All State
Volleyball – Captain – Outside hitter
514 kills and 423 digs this year
1st Team All State
The Eagles girls’ soccer team stands at 6 wins 0 defeats after their 4-1 victory last night.
Last Tuesday the girls won at Portland Adventist 3-0 with goals from Lilie de la Motte and Laura Staropoli (2). They followed that with another tough match in warm temps on an artificial surface, this time at #8 Dayton last Friday. That game was a physical match where the Eagles had opportunities but just could not break through early. Finally, just 3 minutes from full time, Hollyn Dugan played a wonderful through ball to Staropoli who held off a defender and beat the keeper low right to grab the game winner. Goalkeeper Mckenzie Turner and her defenders Mary Nordlund, Emily Curtis, Lydia Polvony, Lexi Rodriguez and holding mid Lauren Demaris kept the Pirates at bay and did not concede many chances. Hard work by Selah Joyce, Lilie de la Motte, Grace Biggs, Kelsey Moore, Brooklyn Rodriguez and Blythe Wolverton helped secure the win. Last night the girls won their first league contest with a 4-1 win at home against Rainer. Senior Lilie de la Motte led the way with two goals.