Photo By Monica Maya
Juniors Antonio Garcia (left) and Jose Santiago (right) play against Dallas High School on Sept. 22. Parkrose won 6-2.
The boys’ soccer team had a rough start to the season. With one win, two losses, and two ties, they sit in sixth place in their conference. Their most recent game against Rex Putnam High School, on Oct. 18, ended with a loss of 1-3.
With a long-term coach and with many experienced players, they hoped to be able to advance further this season.
Head coach Damon Califf began playing soccer at age 4. A Parkrose class of 1995 graduate, he continued to play soccer until he couldn’t any longer.
Califf then began coaching as way to give back to his community. A coach for 14 seasons, Califf’s first coaching gig was when he was 16.
“[If I] pass on the passion of what I do, I have won,” Califf said. Califf’s hope is to build the team as a family.
“I’d do anything for [those] guys and [they] need to do that for [their] teammates as well,” Califf said.
The majority of the team is experienced as well. The newest player, freshman Gabe Gothro, has already been playing soccer for nine years. The team’s three captains, seniors Brian Gomez and David Cruz and junior Noah Addie have been playing soccer for a significant time as well.
According to Addie, the three captains have their disagreements, but they put those differences aside in order to achieve a common goal. They just want to work together to motivate and influence the rest of their team.
“It’s my job to motivate the team to perform in close situations,” Addie said.
Gomez’s goal is to lead by example and to give it his best, as it’s his last year, and to have a nice fluid team.