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Exploring the start to girls soccer

Maya Murillo
Girls varsity soccer attending their daily practice at thybrig field on Nov. 13 after a consistent winning streak

Girls varsity soccer team started their preseason off with a tough loss to Glendora on Nov. 17. They began training without a coach, but untimely received a coach three days before this game. This gave the girls limited time to prepare for the game, however, now with coach Luis Osuna and numerous practices the team is currently standing at five wins, one tie and four losses. 

“There’s been a lot of improvements individually and as a team,” said senior Sarah Goodwin.

Two of the three captains, seniors Sarah Goodwin and Maya Murillo, both have been through a number of coaches but were glad to see that for their final high school year the school was able to provide a coach that has been coaching well. Through these ups and downs, as captains they intend to improve the team dynamics so they could have a winning season. 

“I have my friends, so it’s more like a family so I guess you could say a second home, ” said Murillo. 

Girls varsity soccer captains Anika Medina, Sarah Goodwin, and Maya Murillo sitting at the Bulldog statue after a prideful start to their season. “We are setting examples for the team like… showing up to practices, putting in the most amount of time and work ethic so we can achieve our goals,” said Goodwin. (Carlee Macias)

Murillo shared how soccer is a way to let go of all emotions, and having her friends makes it feel like she’s playing with family. Soccer involves 11 players on the field playing all together, there are two forwards, four midfielders, four defenses, and one goalkeeper. With so many players playing at once, having this strong bond will help them win.

As a teammate, senior Hayile Escalate played different sports before picking soccer. Escalate eventually picked soccer because of her friends and memories she would make with them. 

“It’s easier to get further when you have a bond with people,” said Escalate.  

Murillo, Goodwin, Escalate and seniors such as Lindsey Grady and Alana Hidalgo shared similar views in that they wanted their team to not only play cohesively, but keep coming to practices and always putting in 100 percent effort so they can enjoy and end their last season winning. 

Hidalgo endured the struggle of not having a coach and alongside her team tried to get back into a routine and find what worked for them. 

“I’m looking forward to playing with my friends our senior year… getting on the field and doing what we love and just winning,” said Hidalgo. 

Grady described the team as determined, feeling this year’s team is making changes for the better and tries their hardest in practices and games. As seniors the girls are looking forward to their senior night  as it’s their last game of their season. This game will be held on Jan. 31. At 5:00 against Charter Oak. 

“Even though we haven’t had the best program, we can still keep pushing and trying to do our best,” said Hidalgo.

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