Young soccer players playing on a field.

Camas High School senior Fallisitie DePasquale encourages children to keep moving the soccer ball during a youth camp, for 5- to 8-year-olds, Tuesday, in the fields on Ione Street, beside Doc Harris Stadium. (Dan Trujillo/Post-Record)

Posted: August 20, 2017

Members of the Camas High School girls soccer state championship team are trying to keep up with the energetic 5- to 8-year-olds attending their camp, and they’re loving every minute of it.

“It’s really good seeing little kids come out and have that passion for soccer, even though they have only played for a little bit,” said team captain Perri Belzer. “I think it just makes me love soccer that much more, to bring my passion to kids and have them share the same passion.”

Belzer has been on the varsity team all three years of high school. She looks forward to her final season at this level before heading off to Grand Canyon University.

“Senior year; it’s crazy how fast it came,” Belzer said. “I’m excited to get all the girls back and create that family again.”

The Papermakers broke several school records in 2016, on their way to becoming the Class 4A state champions. Some of those impressive stats included 21 wins, zero losses, one tie, 89 goals scored, two goals given up and 66 assists.

Belzer was in the thick of things, firing corner kicks and passes that led to goals. She also helped shut down opposing attackers as a defensive wing.

But, this is not a story about that team or any one of its players. It’s about a sisterhood passing their love for the game down to the next generation. They wear their state championship shirts with pride, and they’re giving them away as prizes.

“They’re a little big on them, but they’ll grow into them,” Belzer said. “It’s been fun hearing them say, ‘Those are the girls that won the championship.’ It’s been humbling and awesome.”

 

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