Senior Jose Santiago (number 11, above) attempts to score as Parkrose takes their 10th win on Oct. 19. Parkrose defeated Wilsonville in the rain, 1-0.
Currently ranked seventh in 5A, boys’ soccer is progressively becoming more visible. With 10 wins and three ties, they are undefeated. Senior forward Noah Addie is a prime example, with offers to play in Spain for Unió Esportiva Sant Andreu, and a current spot on a semi-pro team FC Mulhouse under his belt.
“We’re working on building chemistry as a team,” Addie said, “Ever since I was a kid, it’s been my passion.”
The boys’ soccer team plans to go deep in this season’s playoffs after a bitter loss in the first round last year.
Undefeated in the pre-season with six wins and only one tie, senior defensive player Antonio Garcia said, “We are ready to win and will do whatever it takes to get there.”
Garcia says that being a senior means always setting an example and giving 110 percent. This effort from the team is reflected through their season’s record.
With a blowout on senior night against St. Helens, the boys won 12-1, alongside another league win against Sandy, beating their undefeated title with a win of 3-1. This momentum will spiral them into a strong finish. They have two rivals on their mind: La Salle Prep and Hillsboro. Against La Salle they tied 2-2, and they will play Hillsboro on Oct. 24.
Out of the team of 19, there are 12 seniors on the team. With experiece on the field, everyone has a specific job to execute.
“We have been functioning as a whole squad and not individuals,” said head coach Damian Califf. “All the players have roles, and each one of them is dong a job well done.”
Califf recalls 15 seasons ago, not having enough players to field a separate boys’ and girls’ team, compared to the numbers now. Consistently each season now, 35 to 45 boys come out to play.
Senior striker Jose Santiago said there is a family dynamic in the team. They truly have each others’ backs.
“Since freshman year, we’ve had a group chat that we use to help anyone in the team with any problems or situations,” Santiago said.
With the team dominated by seniors, the boys have played together for a long time. Many have played their respective positions for years.
“It’s like a brotherhood being able to play with an experienced team,” Santiago said. “We all know our strengths and know how to play as a team.”