I have been playing soccer since I was 5 years old, before actual girls teams existed. It’s definitely starting to feeling like I have been playing soccer for 36 years, there is no question about that. Outside my soccer life, I maintain my active lifestyle through Cross Fit training, sculpt/cardio training, hiking/backpacking, paddle boarding and surfing when I can. I have spent the majority of my career in apparel/textile development, and recently left Nike after 11 years. I am pursuing a new career with Respect Your Universe, a martial arts inspired training apparel line, along with continuing growth with my 5 year business, Wildflour Cookie Company. I love to travel, and have experienced world adventures from Mexico, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghi, Germany, France, Italy and many others. I plan to continue my adventures over the years. I live in Washougal, WA and own a crazy fun loving dog named Sadie.
Adriana caught soccer bug at the age of 21 and learned the game playing in men's pickup games on the sunny campus of the University of Arizona then progressed to playing on several women's teams. The best aspects of the game for Adriana are the camaraderie with the team, the friendships, while playing competitively and having a good time. A great soccer day is waking early on a weekend morning to watch live Premiership games then playing with her team. Adriana plays midfield and anywhere else the team manager wants her to play. When not playing or watching soccer her favorite new hobby is training for half-marathons. Preparing for and going to the Sydney World Masters Games in 2009 with Oregon Brew was the greatest experience of the year for Adriana, "Going to Turin with Oregon Brew will be every bit as exciting in 2013."
Megan has played soccer since she was young. Growing up she played on Olympic Development teams in her hometown which eventually led her to the Western New York State Team (where she may or may not have played with Amanda Darlak – they are still working that out!). Her four years of varsity soccer at Brighton High School in NY were interrupted by a severed ACL injury during her sophomore season. Despite having to sit out for a spell she continued her high school career and went on to play 4 years at the College of Wooster. Megan has some coaching experience working as an Assistant at Jefferson HS as well as at Central Catholic HS. After taking a break from playing she picked the game back up while at grad school in Seattle. Upon returning to Portland in 2001 Megan met up with Kerry Rae and joined her women's team. Fast forward 12 years - Megan is delighted to be heading to Italy this summer with Kerry Rae and a dozen other amazing women!
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Kerry Rae is one of the original Oregon Brew team members and has participated in the World Masters Games in Melbourne, Australia in 2002, in Edmonton, Canada in 2005, and in Sydney, Australia in 2009. The opportunity to participate in another WMG is like a dream come true. Kerry Rae grew up in Michigan playing a variety of sports, first with her brothers and then on organized teams. She fell in love with soccer at an early age and has been playing ever since. She played varsity soccer for three years and then played club soccer at Michigan State University. As a JV soccer coach, Kerry Rae’s top priority was for the girls to have fun and enjoy the sport. Always one to play on numerous teams each season, Kerry Rae values both the physical and social component of the game. A huge proponent of Girl Power, Kerry Rae believes that girls and women can, and should, play hard, have fun and follow their dreams.
Although Amanda is not directly working toward her childhood dream of saving Giant Panda’s from extinction, she was heavily directed by it to her current path of educating others about the natural world. After playing college soccer and completing her degree in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine, Amanda headed west in search of big wild spaces. It was in Oregon that she discovered the winning combination of mountains, rivers and coast = excellent options for backpacking, kayaking, rafting, biking, trail running and skiing. Another love Amanda discovered in Oregon was teaching. She is using her masters’ degrees in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University, and in Secondary Education from Portland State University to teach high school science. She now coaches girl’s high school soccer and teaches AP Biology, Zoology, Botany and Anatomy & Physiology to students in a small town just outside of Portland, Oregon.
Jill started playing soccer with my sister Beth in the fourth grade they still play together with the presidents in over 30. She coached her son Cole from age seven through Jr high at Estacada with a undefeated season in eighth grade. She is now coaching her daughter Mara age ten we were undefeated last season. Coaching soccer has been very rewarding and has helped Jill improve her own game. The teamwork that soccer requires is somthing you cant find anywhere else. She feel that friends make the best teammates and myherfriends are on the field with her every game. Other sports include competitive trail riding with her mustang Sweety, shooting and karting. Jill and her husband Troy own a sub shop in Sandy Or that keeps them very busy . Playing with Oregon brew is like a dream come true for Jill. Playing with a team this talented at this level will be a highlite of her soccer life.
Blake started her soccer career in 1988 as a backup goalkeeper her junior year at Milwaukie High School in Milwaukie, OR. The next year she made starter and it was a crash course in goalkeeping taking as many as 50 shots a game. But the position was natural for her and she made the Olympic Development team that year. Soccer took a backseat in 1992 with her marriage to Army Airborne Ranger Dan Ferguson and the birth of their son David. But by 1998 Blake was back in the game, playing on 2 outdoor teams and 3 indoor teams. Blake currently coaches a classic team in Clackamas, OR, "Soccer has come full circle for me. To play at the Worlds Masters Games is icing on the cake." A flavor we can all appreciate as Blake is our most experienced goal keeper.
Jeana has been playing soccer for over 30 years. She played defense all four years of high school on the varsity team earning one state runner-up title and two state championships and received 1st team all-conference and 1st team all-state awards. She also played on the Oregon State Select and FC Portland teams for the legendary Clive Charles. Playing club soccer off season was always a great team bonding experiencing traveling to regional championship tournaments every year. Turino will be her second World Masters games, her team took the silver medal in the 1998 games. In her adult years, Jeana has participated in Regional O30 championships and O40 Veterans Cups. She has coached many years at the high school, rec and classic levels and now enjoys sitting on the side lines watching her three sons grow a passion for this beloved game.
Joining the Oregon Brew World Masters team four years ago was a daunting, exhilarating commitment. It was also one of the best experiences of my life through ten months of meetings, practices, fund-raising, games, and tournaments. This journey changed me, from learning about my teammates and myself on and off the field, and working through the myriad physical and emotional ups and downs. What we all went through together over so many months and then peaking in Sydney was special and profound. I look forward to Turino with similar nervous excitement, grateful again to be a part of this wonderful group of women, and lucky to compete, travel and play soccer around the world. What a grand life!
I was a military kid, my family moved often. In 3rd grade my best friend asked me to play soccer. The next year we moved to Springfield Virginia The club I played for Springfield Soccer Club’s motto was “Springfield means soccer”. I played high school ball for Robert E Lee in Virginia and Brookfield Central in Wisconsin. Soccer was all that was important to me growing up. It was my one consistency in all the moving and changes. I have 3 children, all play soccer. My oldest child started playing soccer at 4. It was one of his coaches that invited me to play soccer again, 15 years later. I fell in love with soccer again. My son, Brandon, 15 is a freshman at Central Catholic and is my soccer star. His travels for soccer have taken him as far as Munich. I am so excited about going to Italy this summer with such an awesome group of women.
Growing up in Colorado, soccer became a big part of my life starting at age 8. I've played ever since, with the exception of a two-year hiatus during college, and short stints away from the pitch to have two wonderful children and repair a torn ACL. I finished out my senior year as an All-Conference player at Lewis & Clark. My coach at L&C introduced me to her Portland city league team, the Thistles, who have become my beloved second family. I'm honored and exited to join another amazing team, Oregon Brew, on this adventure to the World Masters Championships in Torino. Let's go Brew!
Penny has been playing soccer for 35 years. After finishing high school in Anchorage, Alaska as an all-conference sweeper, she played soccer in college at Hawaii Pacific University as starting left defender. Nowdays, you'll find Penny enjoying her position at center mid-field. In 2002, she participated in the World Masters Games in Melbourne, Australia where she led the team in scoring. After Australia, she took time off to get married and start a family. When not playing soccer, Penny enjoys a career as a tax consultant and spending time with her adorable children - daughter Bailey (6) and son Elliot (3) - and go to movies with her husband Brent. Her other hobbies include running, cooking and crafting.
Carrie started her soccer career in high school, playing varsity all 4 years. After a 10-year hiatus that included travel, college and career-building, Carrie joined a co-ed soccer team. This team played together for over 10 years, playing both indoor and outdoor soccer. Carrie eventually left co-ed behind and joined an all women’s team. Carrie has met some of the most amazing women and has developed the strongest friendships that stemmed from her women’s team. She is thrilled to be participating in the World Masters Games for the very first time with Oregon Brew. Carrie is looking forward to teaching soccer to her 21-month old daughter, Sunny. Both she and her husband, Geoff play soccer year-round and haul Sunny to every game they can. Playing with Oregon Brew and preparing for the World Masters Games in Italy is a joy Carrie is happy to share with her family.
Becket moved to the soccer rich environment of Oregon in 4th grade. Growing up in the outskirts of Portland her family was very active in the sport. Becket's parents ran the rural soccer league and thus Beckett was quite appropriately wrapped up in the play. Beckett has a unique, aggressive style that was toned up by consistently playing on the boys leagues. This exposure worked to her benefit as Becket set the record for scoring on her girls High School team. She was also honored with the selection to 1st Team All-State her senior year.
Becket stayed local for college and one of her collegiate highlights was scoring 5 goals in one game.