Southridge High goalie signs with Timbers, Introducing Senior Hunter Sulte

Southridge High goalie signs with Timbers, Introducing Senior Hunter Sulte

A Southridge High School goalie hopes to be the future keeper for the Timbers after signing with Portland’s football club.

“I have become more independent because I am used to being on my own,” said senior Hunter Sulte.

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Sulte has called “Soccer City” home since he was 13.

Sulte joined the Timbers Academy five years ago after moving in with his aunt in Beaverton.

“What really helped me was playing with older kids to get me out of my comfort zone to know I have to play faster,” he said.

The 6-foot-7, 18-year-old saw his path to turn pro.

“When I started seeing more time on T2, you kind of start to see the route. ‘Wow, these guys are insane,’” Sulte said.

Sulte played in eight games with T2 until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and there won’t be a Timbers second team season back in Hillsboro until 2022.

“I live three minutes from the facility so it’s the same thing every day, just there and back and that’s about it,” he said.

The Timbers Training Facility has been Sulte’s outlet in this year of nothingness.

“It’s strange, because you have all of these guys who have their career. They are all over 20 years old and then it’s just me, the youngest guy there,” Sulte said.

The keeper is a leader as senior class president at Southridge High School.

“I loved leading cheers in football, basketball games, I just miss all of the extra activities you can do. I miss seeing teachers faces. I just miss the normal life I used to have at school,” he said.

What has been a life lesson that Sulte has learned over the past 10-plus months?

“Just picture what is on the other side of this and keep working towards that to get to normal life and we’ll be happy again,” he said.

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