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Timberwolf seniors helped lead the way

The seven Tualatin veterans were key in the run to the title


by: DAN BROOD - THE LEADERS -- The seniors on the Tualatin High girls soccer team included (from left) Audrey DePaepe, Madison Campbell, Alyssa Durdel, Megan Landmark, Jill Farley, Lauren Helmreich and Kelly Skoglund. HILLSBORO — It started awhile ago.

Back when they were in elementary school, they say.

And, for the seniors on the Tualatin High School girls soccer squad, they likely played their final match together on the same team on Saturday.

But, wow, what a way to go out.

The Timberwolf seniors ended their high school soccer careers by celebrating a state championship, after Tualatin bested Sunset 2-0 in the OSAA Class 6A state title match played Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

“We went out with a bang,” said Tualatin midfielder Megan Landmark, who is one of senior seniors on the Timberwolves’ state championship roster.

“We strived to be the best,” Tualatin senior defender Alyssa Durdel said. “This is a great way to go out.”

And the seven Tualatin seniors — Kelly Skoglund, Jill Farley, Madison Campbell, Audrey DePaepe, Lauren Helmreich, Landmark and Durdel — got to go out with a big celebration following the state championship victory over Sunset.

And it was a celebration long in the making.

“I think most of us have played together since fourth grade,” Landmark said. “We’re all really close.”

“We’ve been together for so long,” said Farley, who will play college soccer at Loyola Marymount University. “We’re tight friends and we believe in each other.”

The seven seniors have been through some ups and downs during their years at Tualatin High School.

Two years ago, they were sophomores on the Timberwolf team that downed Sunset 1-0 in the Class 6A state championship game.

Last year, they were juniors on the Tualatin squad that fell 2-1 in overtime to Sunset in a state playoff second-round match.

But the close-knit group got to go out on top.

“It was fun to do this together,” Durdel said.

“We love each other and we’re best friends,” Helmreich said. “We’re all really close and I think we pushed each other up to the top.”

“I think that we feed off each other,” Landmark added.

The Tualatin seniors sure seemed to do their part of the field during the Timberwolves’ title run. Farley, the Pacific Conference Player of the Year, scored goals in both the championship match with Sunset and the 2-0 semifinal win over Jesuit.

Durdel helped anchor the stingy Timberwolf defense while Landmark, Campbell and Helmreich were all more than solid in the midfield.

But, other Timberwolves say, it was more than just their play that made the seniors special to the team.

“They gave us such great leadership,” Tualatin sophomore goalkeeper Emily Leonard said of the seniors. “They have different personalities and lead in different ways, and that really helped. They brought the team together and gave us great chemistry.”

“They meant everything to us,” Tualatin junior defender Ariana Pumpelly said. “They pumped us up.”

First-year Tualatin head coach Kalé Dwight says he knows how much influence the seniors had on the team’s success this season.

“I can’t express what they meant to us,” he said. “They were leaders and role models. They set high standards.”

“I love the seniors,” said Tualatin junior forward Kyla Hackelman, who scored the first goal in Saturday’s state championship match. “We’re going to miss them so much. They were perfect.”

It sounds like the seniors very well could have been perfect leaders and perfect teammates.

“We had so many other amazing girls on this team,” Helmreich said. “From the freshmen through the juniors, they were all great.”

“We had a tight-knit group — from the seniors to the freshmen,” Durdel said.

“We had great camaraderie,” Landmark added.

While the Wolves may miss the graduating seniors next year, they also say that — with the potential to have a talented group of returnees — they’re ready to make another big run.

“We’ll come back here next year,” Pumpelly said.

“I think we’ll ride off the high of this year,” Leonard said. “It will carry over to next year.”

“How about another state title?” Dwight said. “That would be great.”



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