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WCHS into the State Quarterfinals

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Lauren Demaris

Lauren Demaris

The Westside Christian High School girls soccer team heads into the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the 4th consecutive year. The team finished the regular season ranked #3 in state and thereby secured a bye into the quarters.

Last Friday, the Eagles beat Riverdale 1 nil in a Special District #1 playoff.  The goal came courtesy of sophomore Lauren Demaris, who made a far post run and headed home a left footed inswinging corner taken by senior Laura Staropoli.

The win ran the Westside girls’ record to 13 wins and 2 losses.  Those 2 losses came at the hands of league opponents OES and Catlin Gabel, who ended the regular season ranked #1 and #2 in the state.

Westside will take on the winner of the Tuesday contest between Santiam Christian and Lakeview. The Westside quarterfinal match will be played this coming Saturday Nov. 4th at Tonkin field in Hillsboro, kickoff time TBD.

Goal to Goal: Laura Staropoli

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Goal to Goal is a video series with our Athletic Director Rob Casteel, where he intends to show the human side of the athletic program.  Video interviews will highlight different contributors (coaches, student athletes and parents) to the athletic program.

In Goal to Goal we hope to convey the passion and enthusiasm these people have for Westside and its athletic program. View installment # 2 with Varsity Girls Captain Laura Staropoli below.

Go Eagles!

Beach Soccer Road Trip

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At the beach!

At the beach!

Girls soccer opened their 2017 season Monday at Taft High School with a convincing 7 nil win.

Freshman Morgan Petersen opened the scoring in the third minute and the Eagles kept it going from there with Kaia Lunz, Lauren Demaris and Laura Staropoli all finding the net.  GK Lexi Rodriguez, along with defenders Mary Nordlund, Megan Larson, Peyton Jones, Hollyn Dugan, Olivia Mills and Kate Groscup preserved the clean sheet. Kelsey Moore, Aly Larson, Kayley Cross, Bella McMahon, Brooklyn Rodriguez, and Natalie Van Gordon all played quality minutes and contributed to the win.

Immediately after the match the team headed to Cape Lookout State Park for two nights of tent camping, great food (courtesy of experienced camper Rob Groscup), campfires and hours on the beach.  The girls even enjoyed a short ride into town to visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory for free cheese samples and fresh Tillamook ice cream.

A return to Portland and some focused trainings are next on the agenda as the season schedule will have its share of significant challenges.

Devotions with a (foggy) view.

Devotions with a (foggy) view.

Tillamook Ice Cream!

Tillamook Ice Cream!

 

Soccer at Triple Falls

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A Wilderness Trek

A Wilderness Trek

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.

Go Eagles!

The Summit!

The Summit!

 

Creek cool down

Creek cool down

All State Athletes

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A number of Westside athletes received All State recognition for their outstanding contributions on the pitch and court this fall. Congratulations exceptional Eagles!

Laura Staropoli

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

Jonathan Palau

Senior – Captain – Centermid

2nd team All State

Chloe Brown

Volleyball – Captain – Outside hitter

514 kills and 423 digs this year

1st Team All State

All State

Left to right: Chloe Brown, Lilie de la Motte, Laura Staropoli, Jonathan Palau

Strong 6-0 Start for Girls Soccer

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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.

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Mckenzie Turner shutting the door on another opponent’s attempt.

 

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Lilie de la Motte holding off her defender.