MISSOULA — Maddie Teagle's passion for the beautiful game is obvious.
The rising junior forward from Frenchtown isn't afraid to fly over defenders for headers, nor get dirty — as evidenced by her mud-stained jersey and socks after playing on a marshy grass field on Saturday afternoon at Fort Missoula Regional Park.
Teagle is taking that love of soccer to Mexico in July as she's going with her parents Paul and Teresa through their church on a service trip to an orphanage in Ensenada — a port city on the northern Pacific coast of Baja California.
"I really love to play soccer and I wanted to bring something that I love to do and share it with them down in Ensenada," Teagle said. "Hopefully they can have some fun with it."
Teagle isn't going on her trip empty handed.
She's taking as much donated soccer equipment as she possibly can.
"Just this week we started taking donations, but I knew since the beginning this was something I would want to do," Teagle said.
Her mom, Teresa, added: "Soccer's huge down there. It's easy to think that soccer is one thing she would be able to bring to them."
There's a booth at Fort Missoula during the Intermountain Champions Cup that is taking donations for the trip, and gear can also be dropped off at the Missoula Strikers office until July 14.
Teagle, 16, will be the youngest person on the service trip as, "it's really a college group with some older people going," her mom Teresa said, before adding with a laugh that she and her husband were those "older people."
Teresa, a nurse, will be helping out at the orphanage's pharmacy, while Paul will be helping with the orphanage's construction-related needs.
"They were looking for nurses and people to work in construction, which my parents do, and they thought it was a good idea for me to go hang out with the kids because I can relate to them," Teagle said, smiling. "I'm very excited. Should be fun."
Another reason for Teagle's smile was the result of her 2002 Missoula Strikers' match against city rival 2001 FC Missoula — a team with girls a year older than the Strikers.
The Strikers topped FC Missoula, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon. The match started slightly late after having to shift fields. The field the match was supposed to be played on had at least four sizable puddles in the south goalie box.
"It was nice and rainy today," Teagle said, looking at her muddy socks.
The Strikers struck early with a goal from Hellgate's rising junior forward Elaina Pierce. Rising Sentinel senior forward Aisley Allen followed suit for the Strikers' second goal.
Pierce scored another goal off a header after halftime and Hellgate's rising junior forward Maggie Gibbons finished off the scoring flurry with a goal off a late corner kick.
"When we were younger we'd scrimmage that team a lot and we'd always lose to them," Teagle said of the FC Missoula team. "It was definitely good to get a victory. We just went out and played as hard as we could and kept pushing on. It went well."