Girls soccer competes for City Championship

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Senior Emily Alexander prepares to kick the ball. Photo by Ben Ramirez / The Plaid Press.

By Grethel Muralles

Beginning in December and continuing into the new semester, the girls soccer team has accomplished many of their goals.

“The big thing I always tell them is: do not rely on the past; create your own legacy,”  girls varsity head soccer coach David Huish said.

In the 2016 season, they won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Los Angeles City Section (LACS) Championship. The team made it as far as the CIF State semi finals. 

“The first time they won [city] in school history was in 2014. To be able to do that three years later, was a big thing for the seniors,” Huish said.

Of the 22 players on the 2016-2017 roster, almost a dozen returned for the 2017-2018 season. With that much experience, they knew what it took to get back to the city championship. Their “ring season” was something they will never forget.

“We had such a strong bond with each other, so playing on the field was always fun and exciting,” senior captain Devyn Prince said.

According to Huish, it is going to be hard for the girls to follow up a storied season like the last. For that reason, the expectations for the girls are to continuously be competitive and set the tone.

As for this season, the girls have been able to adapt to adversity. The team’s focus was to try to reach their full potential. They were asked to take up some of the leadership roles that were left behind by the nine seniors last season.

“Another obstacle we have faced is sickness throughout the team. We spend so much time together that we have all gotten each other sick which has affected who has been healthy enough to play in the games,” senior Sarah Reeves said.

The team finished 10-6-5 overall and 4-1-5 in West Valley League play. In the first round of the CIFLACS playoffs, they beat Grant High School in penalty kicks.

They played San Pedro High School yesterday in the CIFLACS quarterfinals. The results can be found on maxpreps.com.

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Author: Grethel Muralles

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