Capital FC Timbers Paved the Way for West Salem Girls Soccer

“CFC has been instrumental in all of our lives.”

West Salem High Schools girls soccer team is currently undefeated, ranked 5th in state, leading the Mid Valley Conference with a 11-0-3 record. Seven of their players have been featured in OregonLive as “Oregon’s top high school soccer players.” Three have already committed to college with a soccer scholarship. 

On a roster of 17 girls, 15 have played with CFC. 

01G player Sarah Rice

Senior defender and University of Arizona commit, Sarah Rice, played on the 01G squad who were 5x State Champions. “I got to know my teammates, which became my family, and have great coaches.” Sarah said. “The team I was playing with was very talented, so that helped get me where I am skill-wise. The footskill the club taught me I still use every game.”

Teammates Amani Noor, Olivia Orozco, Madison McDougal, Aria Dyson, and Fatima Jimenez are all part of this 01G team who stood as 5x State Champs. Each player recognized CFC as a “community.”

“My favorite part about CFC is the community we have there,” said senior forward, Fatima. “I feel like my team is just one big family.” 

Aria, who has been with the club since Kindergarten, said that the club is a place where everyone is supportive and holds the same love for the game. Madison, who has been at the club since the first grade stated she has continued to play for the club all these years for this community aspect and family feel. Some of her favorite soccer memories took her back to her U12/U13 teams at CFC.

Players such as Abbey Knoll, Paige Alexander, and Katie Harms, grew up playing with CFC then had the opportunity to move onto different academies such as the Thorns DA.

Abbey Knoll, one of the states top goalkeepers, says she uses the skills CFC taught her very game. “Coerver helped me be confident on the ball and I use that skill set in every game situation. CFC was the foundation for me to be able to do what I do today.”

Likewise, University of Oregon commit, Paige Alexander, said she would not be where she is without the club. “Oregon started watching me play here,” said Paige. “It was always high quality coaching and training sessions. There was no jealousy, just support. My roots were grown from CFC.”

Senior Katie Harms started playing with the club in the 4th grade and has since grown to play on the clubs semi-pro Women’s team, Atletica. “This club has created so many relationships and taught me so many fundamental things not just about soccer, but about life. There are so many diversities and opportunities presented here.”

Current 04G players Rylee Loewen, Alexis East, Veronica Orozco, and Jillian Huhn, believe that the support, competition, and developmental skills taught at CFC are what helped elevate their game. Rylee stated CFC holds “better competition, better coaches, and a better atmosphere” than any other club. Players Maddy Endler and Jolie Jones were most impacted by the team community that surrounded CFC with a coaching staff that built one another up.

The undefeated squad is led by Whitney Pitalo, who grew up playing at CFC and currently plays on Atletica. Her assistant coaches, Audrey Kagey and Melissa Cortez are also involved with CFC while JV Head Coach, Biana Andrade-Torres, is a teammate of Whitney’s on Atletica. 

“Capital FC has been instrumental in all our lives,” said Whitney. “The youth development of our CFC players is the foundation of our team. Without it, we would not be as successful as we are. We can have intense and advanced training sessions because of their level of skill. I’m so appreciative of their former coaches. Some of which were my coaches at CFC as well. Our student-athletes are confident, skillful and smart soccer players because of their experience as club players at CFC. There is also a bond they share from playing together for so many years. We have an incredible soccer community here at West Salem and I am so grateful for CFC – that’s where is all started.”

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