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Soccer stars Madison Campbell, Jill Farley and Megan Landmark make college choices

by: DAN BROOD - ON THE DOTTED LINE -- Tualatin High School seniors (from left) Megan Landmark, Jill Farley and Madison Campbell signed their national letters of intent last week at the school. TUALATIN — They’ve played soccer together since they were in middle school.

They’ve been united on the Tualatin High School varsity girls soccer team for the past four years.

They’ve been a part of two state-championship Tualatin squads, including this past fall, when they helped the Timberwolves get a 2-0 win over Sunset in the Class 6A state title tilt.

But, last week, they made it clear — they’ll soon be going their separate ways.

And they seemed pretty darn happy about it.

Tualatin High School seniors Madison Campbell, Jill Farley and Megan Landmark all made their college choices official, as they each signed national letters of intent Feb. 5 in front of a crowd of family, friends and teammates at the school.

“This is really exciting,” Landmark said prior to the signing ceremony. “I’ve waited a long time for this.”

“There was a lot of anticipation,” Farley added.

“I wanted to play college soccer forever,” Campbell said.

And the three Tualatin standouts will be playing college soccer in different parts of the country.

Campbell signed to play at Boise State University, Farley will be playing at Loyola Marymount University, located in Los Angeles, and Landmark will play college soccer at Southwest Minnesota State University, located in Marshall, Minn.

But, before they take their separate paths in the future, the three Timberwolf seniors were happy to share last week’s celebration.

“This is so special,” Farley said. “All three of us have played here together the past four years.”

“We’ve been together since middle school,” Campbell said. “To share this moment together is awesome.”

Farley will be taking quite an impressive list of achievements and accolades with her to southern California.

As a senior, Farley, who played at various positions for the Wolves throughout the season, was named the Pacific Conference Player of the Year, the Class 6A state Player of the Year and the Gatorade Player of the Year for Oregon.

She had 12 goals and 11 assists on the season, which she capped off by scoring one of Tualatin’s two goals in the Class 6A state championship contest. For her career, she was a three-time first-team all-state selection while scoring a total of 57 goals to go with 46 assists.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of playing Division I soccer in college,” Farley said. “And Loyola was the best fit for me. I’m really happy.”

Campbell, who was a first-team All-Pacific Conference selection and a second-team all-state pick as a Tualatin senior, will see a familiar face when she gets to Boise in Anna Marie Popma, a 2012 Tualatin graduate and a junior-to-be for the Broncos.

“It will be nice to know someone there,” Campbell said.

But it’s more than just a familiar face that influenced Campbell to go to Boise.

“When I visited there, I fell in love with it,” she said.

And, it sounds like Boise State is just as happy to be getting Campbell.

“She’s a midfielder with a holding tendency. She’s very clean on the ball and has an incredible work rate that can go box to box with no problem,” Boise State coach Jim Thomas said of Campbell in a release on the Boise State Web site. “Madi is certainly a player that is willing to do the small things that help teams click and tie together. This complements our team, where possession and build-up play is such a pivotal crux. Madi is going to come in and make sure that everyone is well connected together. We will use her ability to go box to box to get goals through counter attacks as well as controlled possession. I’m excited for her to show her talents in 2014.”

Landmark is part of a large Southwest Minnesota State recruiting class, as 13 high school seniors signed to play with the Mustangs starting in the 2014 season.

“We are excited to add this talented group of recruits to our current soccer family,” SMSU head coach TJ Buchholz said. “While we had a great season in 2013, we know that we have to continue to build for success in future years. This strong recruiting class will not only help us fill holes for next season, but it will also help build a strong foundation for the next four years.”

And Landmark is happy to be part of that foundation.

“My freshman year, I didn’t know if I wanted to play soccer in college,” said Landmark, who had four goals and nine assists as a Tualatin senior. “But my coaches said I should follow my dreams. It was calling my name and I ended up in Minnesota.”

While the three Tualatin seniors were all smiling bright at last week’s ceremony, so was Timberwolf head coach Kalé Dwight.

“This is really cool,” he said. “Those three were the backbone of our team. They’ve been together for years, and they’re really do. I see them all doing really well in college. I’m excited for them.”

The letter of intent signing ceremony also seemed to cap off a big senior year for the Tualatin trio.

“This is the cherry on top of the season,” Farley said. “This showcases how hard we’ve all worked for this. It’s been a perfect whirlwind.”

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