Daily Archives: November 12, 2012
Late in the second half, a foul is called, just beyond the halfway line. The center back sets the ball and looks at his teammates, 60-yards down the field, awaiting the free kick he is about to send their way.
He feels the wind at his back as he takes a four-step approach to send the ball flying in his teammates’ direction.
He watches as the white Nike soccer ball sails in a driven arc through the air, before finally settling in the back of the net.
This was the scene set Sept. 30, when senior Brad Dupea scored his first collegiate goal.
For many, this astounding 60-yard triumph would lead to an intense celebration, perhaps a recreation of the 1996 World Cup Final when Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey after scoring the winning penalty kick.
For Dupea, however, the first thought in his mind as the stands erupted and his teammates rushed to congratulate him was, “Does that count?”
“I just connected with it,” Dupea said, “and it just kept going. I kept thinking, is that going in?”
“I was like, ‘Oh there’s a chance.’ I thought it went over for a second, but everyone started cheering,” Dupea said. “That’s when I noticed that the ball was on the ground in the goal.”
Center backs don’t often get many chances in front of the net. Dupea would always tell his teammates that if he ever scored, it would be off a cross, never from a free kick.
Dupea can recall three occasions in particular where he had close calls off corner kicks that slipped passed the goalkeeper to be stopped by the defender on the post just before the ball crossed the line.
But a free kick from 60 yards was an entirely different expectation.
“I’ve always wanted to score in college,” he said. “It was awesome that my first goal was on a 60-yard ball that wasn’t even meant as a shot, especially because center backs are never expected to score.”
In club and high school soccer, Dupea mostly played the attacking positions of midfield and forward. But he knew that if he were to play in college, center back would be his position.
Luckily, that’s what former coach Ian Lefebvre recruited him for.
“Ian had seen me play in some tournaments down in Oregon and started recruiting me,” Dupea said, “and because of the athletic training program, I knew Linfield would be a perfect fit.”
The athletic training program at Linfield is grueling. It requires long hours of job shadowing and working in the treatment center in addition to an array of challenging classes.
If that weren’t enough to juggle, Dupea also serves as president of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. But Dupea’s teammates say he’s a natural leader and that they can’t imagine anyone handling the pressure better.
Close friend and teammate senior Harper Taylor said that Dupea is a role model.
“He brings a personality to the team that no one else can offer,” Taylor said. “His impact is enormous.”
With disappointing seasons in the past few years, Taylor said that Dupea’s play and positive outlook is one of the main reasons for the team’s improvement this season.
“When I think of Brad, I think of staying positive,” Taylor said. “He has been the main reason why we bounced back from a depressing season last year.”
Senior Cody Escott, another teammate and close friend, agreed. He said that with Dupea’s strong work ethic, it’s hard to find a more motivational defender.
“Brad has definitely improved his quality of play over the years,” Escott said. “As well as being a strong player, he is a leader in the back line and motivates us all to work our hardest.”
Dupea gives credit to close friends like these as to why he loves playing soccer and has accomplished what he has in his four years at Linfield.
Although it took Dupea four years to score, he remembers coming in as a freshman with hopes to play and score a goal, getting an embarrassing haircut and paying his dues.
But now, with it being his senior year, Dupea is doing everything he can for his team to make it all feel unified and have fun in this program.
“Enjoy it while you can,” he said. “It goes by so fast. I have a lot more determination because I don’t get another chance after this.”
This outlook is why he takes advantage of every opportunity that comes his way, including the one that came from 60 yards away.
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For some people, it takes years to find true love. For me, I found it at the ripe old age of six years old.
In 1999, I was introduced to a bracket—a March Madness bracket—and I have been smitten ever since. If I could, I would put a ring on it. Hey, that’s a good idea!
The 1999 tournament was incredible. I picked the University of Connecticut to win the tournament because I liked their Husky mascot and their Husky point guard, Khalid El-Amin.
El-Amin and Richard “Rip” Hamilton led UConn to the title that year, upsetting one of the best Duke teams of all time in a nail-biting championship game. I loved UConn’s swagger, even though I didn’t know what swagger meant at age six.
Like I said, I did know what love was at age six, and nothing sealed my love more than UConn’s Elite eight game in 1999.
I was rooting hard for my new team, but it seemed as if its salty coach and its swagger had hit a roadblock with some random team from Spokane, Wash. You may have heard of this team by now, but in 1999, this team was the nation’s new darling.
That’s right, I’m talking about the Gonzaga Bulldogs. 1999 was the year that they made their mark. Dan Monson had a team without top talent that was taking UConn to the brink. They led by one point at halftime, and all of a sudden, I realized how much I cared about the outcome.
This game is exactly why basketball is unbelievable. Maybe more than any other sport, team chemistry and coaching can dictate the path of a team. You need talent to win, but a team like Gonzaga in 1999 used team defense and outside shooting to shock the world.
Could they do it to UConn too?
As the game was drawing to a close, my parents didn’t know what to do with me. I was jumping up and down, cheering after every basket, pleading with the UConn players to pull victory out of the jaws of defeat. As I look back, I was kind of like a mini Jim Calhoun. OK, maybe I’m not as stubborn, but still, UConn needed the win.
Sure enough, there would be no Final Four for Gonzaga. El-Amin dribbled out the end of the game and the Huskies continued their dance. Strangely enough, I was sad for Gonzaga. They almost ruined my championship pick, but I couldn’t help but love how they played.
As the next 13 years passed, Gonzaga became a national power. Its fans show the passion that makes college basketball so great, and it recruits top players.
As for UConn, who knows where El-Amin is. Hamilton is still in the NBA—no facemask anymore, unfortunately. Jim Calhoun just retired after two more national titles and lots of rants on the sideline.
Fortunately for me, Calhoun’s retirement doesn’t mean I am retiring my love for the game. That UConn team ushered me into a life of caring too much for the games. I can’t handle waiting seven months from the end of the season until the beginning of the next.
Thank goodness the season starts next week. Hopefully this year will be a success, just as my first March Madness Bracket was. This year is going to be wide open. There is no clear-cut favorite (unlike last year where Kentucky and Mr. Uni-brow were unfair), and we could find a new team like Gonzaga in 1999 or George Mason in 2006 or Butler in 2010.
I have no doubt the season will be a success. College basketball never fails. Find your UConn this year if you haven’t already, and you’ll see what I mean. You’ll fall in love. But don’t you even begin to think that you can steal my true love. It’s all mine.
Tyler Bradley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a baseball player named Mike Trout. He is the best player in the MLB. He is 21 years old and that makes me wonder what I am doing with my life. I’m almost 20, and I am sitting here on my couch.
Trout is the best player to come to the Majors in a long time. Yay for inferiority!
Although Trout is the best, I have news for you.
The best of this year is yet to come.
I am not talking about Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas.
This year, there was an amazing Super Bowl, a transcendent playoff performance by Lebron James, a Euro Cup victory for Spain (possibly the greatest International soccer side of all time) and an Olympics with a heavy British accent. Plus, Trout, Bryce Harper and Yoenis Cespedes set the baseball world ablaze.
Here are some more Trout facts. Did you know that Trout can single-handedly cure cancer and run around the world in one day?
Felix Baumgartner even concedes that Trout could skydive from space, not just the edge of space! You can’t tell me this isn’t true.
Oh, and how could I forget the best part about this year: the fantastic WNBA season. OK, I’ll be honest, I haven’t watched one minute of the WNBA season. But maybe it has been good? Can anyone tell me?
The real best part about this year is that the final two months of 2012 are saving the best for last.
We still have the World Series. Can the Cardinals win again? Will Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder lead the Tigers to victory, while setting the record for “heaviest 3-4 combo in history”?
Or, will the dapper gent Buster Posey and the Panda bring the Giants back from the brink of elimination?
The last third of the college football season approaches, and I know that local Oregon fans are having a season for the ages.
If the Beavers win the Civil War, what’s the over/under on the percentage of bandwagon Duck fans that jump off? 50 percent? 75 percent?
Speaking of college football, our Linfield team is number three in the nation. That’s right, number three.
Its season is far from over, and maybe it can work some magic to end the year. How neat would that be?
Our women’s soccer team is in a battle for first place and a playoff bid. The beautiful game is being played beautifully by beautiful Linfield ladies.
It is no surprise that our teams are doing well. Linfield sports are always stellar, sublime, sleek and other adjectives that begin with ‘S’ that I can’t think of currently.
No matter what happens, our teams are capping off what has been, so far, a magnificent year for sports, and the squeak of the basketball shoes are set to begin as well.
Trout would be impressed with our sports teams, and for the player that most represents the greatness of 2012, it just shows that our Linfield athletes are fitting the mold.
Let’s cheer them on and make sure they can see that we’re noticing.
Tyler Bradley can be reached at email@example.com.
We all have confessions to make.
Some of us actually take a deep breath and make the confession, like Ross admitting to Rachel that he hooked up with the copy store girl on “Friends.” Some of us pull luck out of nowhere and don’t have to make an admission (I’m looking at you, O.J. Simpson), and some of us will never make the admission no matter how long we live, like Chone Figgins.
Chone Figgins has to have been a mole from the Angels. They are paying him under the table. You can’t prove me wrong, and if you try to prove me wrong, I will show you his putrid Mariners stats and give you a place to throw up.
The crux of the matter is, admissions are hard, so I have one to share with you.
I tend to take our football team for granted.
I am not saying that they don’t get enough credit. We have football memorabilia and information plastered all over the gym, the football stadium, our recruitment packages and even in this newspaper.
But I need to take a quick moment to marvel at this team and this program.
Never mind the 56 (now 57) straight winning seasons or the video game type final scores.
The offense loses the guy who may have been their best player, senior Josh Hill, to injury, and they continue to roll on, with 63 points two weekends ago, and 45 points against Willamette last weekend.
Their defense… wow, the defense. They have also had some devastating injuries to some good players, and like the offense, it continues to do its best Division-III impression of the Seattle Seahawks.
Willamette’s quarterback comes into the game with 2,500 yards passing and a completion percentage in the upper 60s. He had thrown 29 touchdowns. It was almost as if he was Colt Brennan running the Hawaii offense from a few years back. This would be Linfield’s sternest test yet.
I think they passed the test with flying colors.
Willamette’s quarterback went 13-30 with just 96 yards passing. He threw two picks and was sacked seven times. For a guy who has an efficiency rating of 156.40 for the season, his game against Linfield (56.88 rating) is the outlier of the year.
Except, if you know Linfield football, it’s not an outlier at all. The defense was one of the best in the country last year, and it is most definitely rounding into form this year. Could this team add on to the school’s storied history?
They are ranked number three in the country. The defense just shut down one of the best quarterbacks in the country. The offense has not missed a beat.
I don’t want to get too overzealous with the predictions. Anything can happen in football. Florida State lost to North Carolina State a few weeks ago. Washington beat the Beavers on Oct. 27. That’s right, Beaver fans, the Dawgs just ruined your magical season. Bow down (but please beat the Ducks in the Civil War, that would be magnificent).
Do you happen to remember Oklahoma State losing to Iowa State last year, thereby dashing its national title hopes? Or UCLA beating USC 13-9 in 2006 to derail USC’s hopes during John David Booty’s last season?
You know the difference between all of those upsets and Linfield, however? This team takes care of business. They could get tripped up every year by lesser opponents in conference play, and yet they always make the necessary adjustments. They were tied at halftime yesterday, and they came out and scored 35 points unanswered in the second half. The best teams make in-game adjustments, and this team does that beautifully.
So, my admission is embarrassing. I shouldn’t take this team for granted. Its last game was impressive, and we will see what it can do to end the year. All I know is that I have full confidence in the squad (for what my opinion is worth, which is about as much as a signed Heathcliff Slocumb baseball) just as I have full confidence that Chone Figgins is a well-placed mole.
Curse you, Mike Scioscia.
Tyler Bradley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If it wasn’t for her best friend in fifth grade who introduced her to volleyball club, sophomore Courtney Wanamaker would not be where she is today. In her 13th year of volleyball and second season at Linfield, she proudly wears number two as the team’s defensive specialist.
Wanamaker, of West Linn, Ore., has always been athletic and competitive. When she was younger, she played basketball and softball. However, at the young age of 10, she made a decision that would determine the rest of her life.
By the sixth grade, she decided to toss aside her basketball jersey and hang up her softball cleats in order to focus all of her time and energy on volleyball.
“I played club volleyball year round, so there really was no time,” Wanamaker said. “I had to choose a sport. And I love volleyball because of the competitiveness and how much of a team sport it is. Everyone has to work together for it to work.”
Wanamaker was lucky enough to have the support of her parents and older brother in this decision.
“My family has always been very supportive of me through my volleyball career,” Wanamaker said. “They came to everything, and they still do. My parents are willing to travel anywhere, and it’s super nice to have them there.”
Being such a family-oriented individual, spending her free time outside of volleyball with her loved ones has always been important to Wanamaker. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, hiking at Multnomah Falls and spending time with her older brother and best friend who is in his senior year at Gonzaga University.
“As a family, we really like to vacation to Mexico,” she said. “I’ve been to Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo and Acapulco, but my family’s favorite spot is Zihuatanejo, so we like to go there. It’s really cool to see all the handcrafted things that the natives make. I really like going to different countries because it’s really interesting to see how they live and how different it is from the United States.”
Wanamaker is looking forward to a family trip to Europe next summer. She is especially excited to visit Amsterdam.
Considering her love for traveling and curiosity for cultures besides her own, it is no wonder that she dreams of being a traveling marketer for Nike. She will use the experience she gathers in the pursuit of her business major during her time at Linfield.
“I would definitely be interested in traveling to different countries,” Wanamaker said. “It will help me get my foot in the door for more high position jobs in Nike.”
Wanamaker means business when it comes to Wildcat volleyball too. She hopes to be a contributing factor to her team’s future success through hard work.
“We didn’t do as well in the first round,” Wanamaker said. “But I think we’re going to be a lot better the second time around, hopefully taking fourth in conference.”
Referring to future seasons, Wanamaker hopes to see the Wildcats take care of business at the national level.
“The ultimate achievement for our team would be to win conference and make it past regionals,” she said. “Making it to nationals and winning everything would be the coolest thing ever. I know we have won nationals before, but it has been a long time.”
Sarah Mason can be reached at email@example.com.