Westside Christian rolls to big win
BEAVERTON — In the ninth minute of the Westside Christian High School's girls soccer match against De La Salle North Catholic on Monday, Westside senior forward Laura Staropoli scored a goal off an assist from senior teammate Hollyn Dugan.
Following the goal, Staropoli didn't yell. She didn't jump up in the air. There was no celebration at all.
She just ran back up field and got ready for the ensuing kickoff.
It was like she'd been there before.
Well, she had — over and over and over again.
The goal was the first of five on the day for Staropoli, giving her a total of 112 goals for her high school career at Westside Christian.
"I have no idea how many it is," Staropoli said with a smile after Monday's match. "I guess it's up there. Getting a goal is special, but celebrations aren't needed."
Unofficially, Staropoli's 112 career goals puts her fourth on the all-time Oregon high school girls soccer scoring list. She trails just former Olympian, and U.S. World Cup player Tiffeny Milbrett, who scored 131 goals when she played at Hillsboro High School, Laura Schott, who scored 116 at Jesuit, and Ariel Viera, who scored 116 at Scappoose.
"It's special," Staropoli said. "But I couldn't do it without my amazing coach and teammates. They do all the work. I just put it in the goal."
"We're just grateful she's been blessed with good enough health to play all four years," Westside Christian coach Mike Staropoli said.
With her five goals, as well as one assist, in Monday's match, Laura Staropoli helped the Eagles score a 15-0 win over De La Salle North in a Special District 1 match played at the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District center.
"It was one of the best games we've played this season," Westside Christian senior goalkeeper/forward Lexi Rodriguez said.
"We got to work a lot on our passing," Dugan said.
With the loss, De La Salle North moved to 0-5 in Special District 1 matches, and to 0-8 on the season. With the victory, Westside Christian improved to 3-1 in Special District 1 matches (9-1 overall), putting the Eagles in a tie with Catlin Gabel for second place in the district standings.
"We've got a lot of new people on the team this year," Westside Christian senior Kelsey Moore said. "But we're growing together."
"We've be able to work as a team," Westside senior forward Gabielle Lau said. "We've had some rough times, but we're getting better."
"I'm surprised it's going so well," Rodriguez said.
"It's been the most fun year," Laura Staropoli added.
The Eagles certainly seemed to have fun in Monday's contest.
They took a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the contest, when sophomore Lauren Jo Demaris scored on a shot from 20 yards out, putting the ball into the left side of the Knights' goal.
Four minutes later, Staropoli scored her first goal of the match, No. 108 on her career, on a shot from nine yards away, upping the margin to 2-0.
Westside Christian freshman Kaia Lunz then scored in the 25th minute, coming on a shot from 14 yards out, off a throw-in, to make the score 3-0. Three minutes later, Demaris scored her second goal of the match. Dribbling her way up field, she got past the De La Salle North defense and put her close-range shot past the diving goalkeeper to give the Eagles a 4-0 advantage.
Westside Christian then finished the first half with a flurry of goals, tallying four scores in the final eight minutes.
Sophomore Brooklyn Rodriguez scored the first of those goals. Staropoli followed with back-to-back goals and Lau scored on a driving shot from eight yards out in the final minute of the half, giving the Eagles a 9-0 lead at the intermission.
Junior Mary Nordlund started the scoring in the second half for Westside Christian. After driving past three defender, she fired a shot into the left side of the Knights' goal to make the score 10-0 in the 51st minute.
The Eagles then finished the match with another flurry of goals.
Junior Megan Larson scored on a shot into the upper part of the De La Salle goal in the 63rd minute. Staropoli then scored her fourth goal of the match, then she assisted on a goal by freshman Peyton Jones, upping the margin to 13-0 in the 34th minute.
Staropoli then scored on a ground shot from 25 yards away in the 75th minute. Lexi Rodriguez, who played the first half at goalie, then scored the final goal, coming from five yards out off a cross by Demaris in the 76th minute, making the final score 15-0.
For the match, Westside Christian had 26 shots on goal and nine corner kicks.
The Westside defense, including Larson, Nordlund and Jones, among many more, kept De La Salle North from getting a single shot on goal in the contest.
Westside Christian was scheduled to face Riverdale in a district match on Wednesday. Results of that match weren't available when the Times went to press. The Eagles will be back in action on Monday, when they play at Portland Christian at 4:15 p.m.