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Senior Laura Staropoli will play soccer for The College of Idaho “Yotes” beginning fall 2018. On Wednesday, which was National Letter of Intent Day, Laura formally committed, accepting the offer extended to her by the College of Idaho. The school is a liberal arts college in the Boise area with a beautiful campus and a large number of athletic programs. The Yotes, an NAIA program, compete in the highly competitive Cascade Collegiate Conference against schools from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
The College of Idaho offers a unique curriculum model called “PEAK,” which requires students to meet goals in four areas: the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and a professional field. Students who follow the PEAK model complete a major and three selected minors in four years. Laura, with a weighted 4.06 GPA, will focus her academic efforts on Health Sciences as she intends to pursue a course of study that will allow her to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a nurse.
One of a number of talented athletes at Westside Christian High School, Laura, who plays competitive club soccer for FC Portland on their ECNL platform (photo to right), experienced a fantastic run with the Eagles. A four-year starter and team captain, she enjoyed the rare privilege of being named 3A/2A/1A Girls’ Soccer First Team All State each of her four years. During that time she helped lead the Eagles to 4 State Quarterfinal appearances, 2 Semifinals and 1 Championship contest. She ended her high school career as the second leading all time scorer in Oregon girls’ high school soccer history (second only to former Olympian and National Team player Tiffeny Milbrett). Laura tallied 117 goals along with 53 assists during her Westside career. All of this was capped with her being named the Oregon 3A/2A/1A Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year this past fall.
We share with Laura and her family the excitement of seeing her move into the next phase of her education and athletics. We praise God and we rejoice in the legacy that she and many others have created at Westside Christian High School, as they have worked hard and sought to achieve excellence in all aspects of student life.
Senior Laura Staropoli was named OSAA’s 3A/2A/1A State Player of the Year after her outstanding final season as a Westside Eagle. The conclusion of her high school soccer career caps one of the most incredible 4 year runs in history.
An ambidextrous attacker, Staropoli was a threat from any position on the field. Over the course of her four years she netted 117 career goals, number two all time in Oregon state history. Though no official statistic for this exists, her coach estimates that 55 % of these came off of her dangerous left foot, and 45 % from the right. With the ability to almost effortlessly convert from either side, Staropoli proved difficult to defend from the moment she stepped onto the field her freshmen year. Laura also dished out 52 career assists.
In addition to almost unmatched personal production, Laura set the tone for the Eagles as a team captain all four year. Not coincidently, these past four years the Eagles have been on an impressive run. Westside has been to the state playoffs 4 consecutive years, reaching the quarterfinals or better each season. During two campaigns the Eagles advanced to the state semifinals, and once the State Championship, falling to OES in a tough final.
Laura was also voted 1st team All League 4 times, in addition to 4 consecutive appointments as 1st team All State. While undoubtedly an unparalleled talent on the pitch, her transition to collegiate soccer (she will play for College of Idaho next year) will leave more than just a talent hole on the field. She will also be greatly missed for the leadership, stability, and grit that she demonstrated and shared with her teammates.
Laura Staropoli, your Oregon State Player of the Year, and always a Westside Eagle!
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 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.
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.
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.