Tualatin looks ready to make another run


The Wolves return 15 players from last year's title team

TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School girls soccer team should boast a familiar look this season.

And, for the Timberwolves, that definitely should be a good thing.

That’s because, last year, Tualatin boasted the look of a state champion.

Now, this year, the Timberwolves look poised to make another run for glory as they return 15 players from last year’s squad that bested Sunset 1-0 in the Class 6A state championship match.

“We’re not going to have too much of a drop off,” said Tualatin coach Rossano Rocha, who was named the 2011 Class 6A Coach of the Year. “We’ve got a lot of players back. If we stay healthy, and if we stay consistent, we can make another run.”by: DAN BROOD - ONE OF MANY -- Lauren Helmreich is one of 15 returnees from last year's state champion Tualatin High School girls soccer team.

Among the returnees from last year’s Tualatin squad, which went 19-0 on the season, is senior midfielder Kelsey Wagner, who earned both first-team All-Pacific Conference and first-team Class 6A All-State honors last year.

Wagner leads a deep midfield core that also returns senior Makena Carkner, who also was a first-team all-league pick last year, junior Lauren Helmreich, junior Megan Landmark, sophomore Adina Goodwin and junior Maddie Campbell. Freshmen Nicole Latourette and Maura Dunigan give the Wolves even more depth in the midfield.

“This is, by far, the most depth we’ve ever had,” Rocha said.

That depth can be found all over the field for Tualatin.

In the back line on defense, the Wolves have another returning first-team all-state selection in junior Jill Farley. Senior Mollie Freel, who was a first-team all-league pick last year, also returns on defense.

Senior Hana Dempsey also returns on defense, as does sophomore Aryana Harvey and sophomore Natalie Shen. Carkner could also see time on defense. Senior Erica Bruce, who was injured throughout her junior season, is back.

Sophomore Ariana Pumpelly could also see action on defense, as could freshman Abbey Anderson.

“We’ve got a lot of girls who can play multiple positions,” Rocha said. “That’s good.”

Tualatin also looks strong in the front line. Sophomore Kyla Hackelman returns at one of the forward spots.

Freshman Corrine Togai will also play up front.

“She’s an absolute stud,” Rocha said.

Pumpelly will also play at forward.

“She’s physical and strong,” Rocha said.

Pumpelly is also fast, as she placed second in the 400-meter dash and fourth in the 200 at last spring’s Class 6A state track and field championships.

Freshman Emily Leonard will be at goalkeeper for the Wolves.

“She’s a freshman, but experienced,” Rocha said. “I’m very confident in her.”

It all adds up to what could be another successful season at Tualatin.

“We’re looking good all around,” Rocha said. “We’re going to treat every game like a championships game. We’re going to get after every opponent.”

Tualatin opened its season last week at the Washington/Oregon Showcase, played in Issaquah, Wash.

The Wolves, playing three matches in a 24-hour period at the tournament Friday and Saturday, bested Bellarmine Prep, Wash., 2-0, lost 2-1 to Issaquah and tied Skyline, Wash., 2-2.