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Twin sisters Tasi and Tea Poore hope they can play one more season at PSU, make the best of this fall without soccer

COURTESY PHOTO: PSU ATHLETICS/STEVE BRENNER - Tasi Poore (12) is a Portland State team captain and veteran central defender. She misses spending time with teammates, especially on road trips.COURTESY PHOTO: PSU ATHLETICS/LARRY LAWSON - Midfielder Tea Poore hopes she can complete her PSU soccer career in the spring and then pursue a career in nursing.They've played soccer together since they were 7 years old and Portland State twin sisters Tasi and Tea Poore want to have one more season together before the soccer chapter closes.

They hope it can happen in the spring, before Tasi graduates with a business degree and Tea turns her attention to nursing school.

But the Beaverton residents have been making the most of the unexpected time away from their sport. They have taken on jobs related to their future careers, appreciated the extra time for studying and pushed each other to stay in shape for the possibility of a spring season.

"We'll sit in the house together, we'll be watching TV and we'll look over and think 'We should probably go on a run,'" Tea said during a remote video interview. "Having someone in the same household as you that needs to do all the same workouts definitely motivates you to get up and get active. Because it's just like looking in the mirror and saying 'Get up. You need to go run.'"

It's an example of how the Poore sisters can communicate without speaking. On the field and off, they understand each other's tendencies and body language. "We basically can read each other's mind. It's true, twins can do that," a smiling Tea said.

Both sisters miss spending time with their PSU teammates. Tasi said she most misses the chance to travel and hang out with teammates during road trips.

Tea has a more unexpected take. She misses weight-training sessions.

"I miss our weights coach (Scott) Fabian. He's very intense and he's always yelling at us," Tea said. "We push each other to get better. Weights is just such a fun time because we're just getting yelled at the whole time."

Still, the Poore sisters are taking advantage of a fall away from soccer. Tea is glad for extra time to study for her human anatomy class. Tasi has been working in retail and take on a leadership role with the PSU chapter of the Human Resources Association, for which she has helped plan seminars with HR professionals.

Tasi also came to a personal realization: though she is a team captain and outspoken around teammates, that's not her nature. It explained why she would become emotionally drained.

"I was always trying to be an extrovert. As a team captain, you're trying to lead. I would get home and I just wanted to be alone," Tasi explained. "Through quarantine, I've learned that I'm naturally introverted but I know how to be extroverted."

The sisters said that explains why, when friends would want to go out, they'd often look at each other and decline.

"Tasi and I would look at each other, we basically can read each other's mind. It's true, twins can do that," Tea said. "We would always ask each other, is it us? Why are we like this? Why are we so weird? We never wanted to go out. We wanted to go home and sit on the couch."

Tea said quarantine has taught her it's OK to be happy spending time at home.

Tea was the first sister to try soccer, following in her older brother's footsteps at age 6.

A year later, after thinking tennis might be fun but never trying it, Tasi joined her sister on the pitch. They've always played on the same team.

That almost changed after their time together at Aloha High, where as a senior Tasi Poore was a second-team all-state and first-team Metro League selection. Tasi was the first to get an offer from Portland State.

Tea, a central midfielder who was all-Metro first team as a junior, planned to turn her attention toward pursuing a career in nursing. When the opportunity to join Tasi for college soccer presented itself, Tea figured it was worth a shot.

A holding midfielder, Tea has played in 51 games for the Viks, scoring one goal and assisting on two others. She was a Big Sky Conference honorable mention midfielder as a junior.

A central defender, Tasi has been a mainstay in the Vikings' backline, starting 35 consecutive matches and playing every minute in 16 of 19 games as a junior.

But the most vivid memory for Tasi is a match she didn't play in — a 2-1 win over Sacramento State on Oct. 8, 2017 (she recites the date from memory). Viks' coach Kate Burton and assistant coaches Maureen Whitney and Jenny Lawrence are all former Sacramento State players and coaches, and this was the first time they faced the Hornets as an opposing staff.

"I remember, vividly, everyone was rallying behind our new coaches and wanted to welcome them and show them how much they meant to us," Tasi said. "I distinctly remember that great feeling of playing for someone else and not just playing for yourself."

Tea had an assist on the winning goal in that match.

"Tasi and I must be twins, because that's my fondest memory as well," a smiling Tea said. Tea lists the guidance, especially life lessons, from PSU coaches as the real lasting memories.

Burton said the Poores have had "an incredible impact on our program over the last three years."

That Tasi and Tea are two of three team captains is evidence of their leadership ability, Burton said. In a text message, the coach said Tasi has delivered consistent play on the back line and helped younger teammates transition to the college game. She called Tea a midfield workhorse who is dominant in the air and a great distributor.

"I'm looking forward to what they will do once we get back on the field," Burton said.

So are Tasi and Tea.

"I miss playing games," Tea said. "I miss the competitiveness and that feeling you get looking at that person next to you and (thinking) 'I want to out-do you.' And when you do it's a great feeling."

The natural competitiveness between the twins helped fill that void this season. But a season without soccer hasn't been the challenge some might expect.

"Not having soccer in the fall hasn't affected me that much, because we've kind of spent our entire college career getting ready for the end of our career," Tea explained.

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