By Alexis Cardenas
Girls Soccer began their 2017-2018 preseason last week and the team is ready to see if all of their hard work finally pays off. Head Coach Andrew Gonzalez makes his way into his first season as head coach and is eager to get the team to CIF this year. Both Gonzalez and coach Amanda Robles are confident about their upcoming season due to the team’s preparation and offseason work that has been taking place since the Spring of last year. Gonzalez states, “As far as preparing, we are making sure that all of the new underclass men as well as the new JV players are all on the same page with our returning players.” Gonzalez also adds, “We look great! We have a lot of young talent this year. Last year, we had a problem with going to goal and scoring. So, a lot of our trainings have been geared towards combination play to goal and finishing. As far as training overall, we are doing everything possible that is incorporating soccer aspects. Like technical ability, physical conditioning, tactical awareness, self confidence and motivation.”
This years team is being lead by seniors Zharria Ramirez, Camryn Verduzco, and Carina Chin. All the captains are very happy and honored about being chosen and ready to lead their team to victory this year. Olivia Baldenebro says, “I think our team is ready for this season. I see a lot of potential in all the girls, especially our goalies which are a freshman and a sophomore.” Many newcomers and freshmen are not sure what to expect for this season but they are ready for the experience. There are four freshmen Belle Salazar, Danielle DeLaTorre, Monica Ochoa, and Reagan Hagerty that are eager for this season and excited to see what high school soccer is really like. Freshman Danielle DeLaTorre states, “I think from looking up to the returners and having them influence on me, I feel confident we are going to be a really good this season. I feel like everyone is going to get along as long as we continue to build a good team throughout the season.” Freshman Monica Ochoa also adds, “As a freshman, it’s kind of intimidating because I have to go up against upperclassman which have much more experience. In trainings so far, I have been getting used to the speed and level of play in high school. I think that we are doing really well overall and all of our hard work really shows out there on that field.”
The returners are ready for a new year and excited to see what the newcomers can add to the team, how they will all play together, and how they can implement everything Coach Gonzalez has been working on for their season. The returners and newcomers feel like they have good chemistry and are ready to finally see how they will play and work together in preseason. Sophomore Vanessa Johnson states, “I feel like this season we are actually going to do great because we have new coaches and players, also some of us have played all together before, like on club. So I think that the atmosphere is great. I feel like there’s going to be a lot more team chemistry this year and hopefully we can compete in league. Thankfully, everyone is close and I feel like it’s going to be a really good season.”
The team lost the season opener to South Hills but won its next game against San Marino and went 2-0, beating Northview and Montclair, in the first day of the Don Lugo Tournament. The girls are on the road this week at Rowland on Tuesday then finish up the Don Lugo Tournament on Saturday before taking part in the Mater Dei Tournament on the 13th of December.