Tualatin has a new head coach and 17 returning players

by: DAN BROOD - MOVING FAST -- Tualatin defender Aryana Harvey quickly gets the ball upfield in a state playoff match last year.TUALATIN — There seems to be plenty of reason for excitement when it comes to the Tualatin High School girls soccer team this year.

That makes sense.

After all, the Timberwolves have a lot of returnees — 17, to be exact — from last year’s squad. Tualatin also has some promising newcomers to the roster.

The Wolves also boast plenty of firepower on offense and athleticism on defense. And, one more thing, they’ve got an enthusiastic new head coach.

Kalé Dwight takes over as Tualatin’s head coach this year, but he’s not a new face to the Wolves, as this is the seventh year he’s been part of the Tualatin High School program.

“I’m really excited for this year,” Dwight said. “I think we have a great team with a lot of depth. And these girls have a great attitude.”

Among the returnees from last year’s Tualatin team, which went 6-0-1 in Pacific Conference play to earn a share of the league championship while going 12-2-2 on the season is senior Jill Farley, who will play at forward this season.

Farley has earned first-team All-Pacific Conference honors in each of the previous three seasons while garnering first-team Class 6A All-State accolades each of the past two years. She’ll serve as a team captain for the Wolves this year.

“She’s so fantastic,” Dwight said. “She’s a good leader with phenomenal skills.”

Joining Farley up front will be sophomore returnee Corinne Togiai, who will play at center forward. She earned first-team all-league honors last year as a freshman.

“She’ll mow people down,” Dwight said. “We’re looking for her to score goals.”

Junior returnee Kyla Hackelman will also play at forward. Senior returnee Megan Landmark will see action at both forward and in the midfield.

“She’s a jack of all trades,” Dwight said.

The Tualatin midfield will be led by senior returnee Madison Campbell, who will serve as one of the team’s captains.

Senior Lauren Helmreich, a first-team all-league pick last year, also returns in the midfield.

by: DAN BROOD - SUPER SOPHOMORE -- Corinne Togiai is back at Tualatin this year after having a big freshman season.Other returnees back in the midfield for the Wolves include senior Audrey DePaepe, junior Adina Goodwin, sophomore Maura Dunigan and sophomore Nicole LaTourette. Freshman Gabriella Bates will also see action in the midfield.

At defender, Tualatin returns junior Natalie Shen, who was a second-team all-league pick last year.

Speedy Aryana Harvey, a junior, also returns on defense.

“She’s incredible,” Dwight said.

Other returnees on defense include senior Alyssa Durdel, junior Ariana Pumpelly, sophomore Abbey Anderson and sophomore Amanda Morris. Freshman Anna Verloo will also play on defense for the Wolves.

Tualatin also boasts a returning starter at goalkeeper in sophomore Emily Leonard.

“She’s a stud,” Dwight said. “She always finishes first when we do sprints.”

Senior Kelly Skoglund will be the backup goalkeeper.

The amount of talented returning players has the Wolves optimistic for the upcoming season.

“Our depth is one of our strengths,” Dwight said. “And also our skill on the ball. But we need to work on our shooting. We can’t be afraid to take shots.”

And, Dwight said, he’s enjoying his first year leading the Tualatin team.

“I’m loving it,” he said. “We have great support here, and the girls are amazing.”

As for the Pacific Conference this year, Dwight sees Tigard, which shared the league crown with the Wolves last year, as a strong challenge again this year.

“They will be good,” he said. “The league should be open.”

The Timberwolves got their season off to a big start as they rolled to an 11-0 win over Sprague in a non-league match played Monday at Sprague High School.

Durdel scored the first goal of the match and the Wolves took off from there. Farley and Togiai each had a pair of goals, and every senior on the squad, outside of the goalkeepers, had at least one goal in the win.

Tualatin will be back in action Monday when it plays Jesuit in a non-league contest starting at 7 p.m. at Jesuit High School. The Wolves will have their home opener next Thursday when they host Liberty in a non-league match starting at 7 p.m.

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