by Senji Torrey
As the Boys’ Soccer season came to a close this month, the boys were able to reflect on their season. Although they didn’t achieve the outcomes they were hoping for, the season revealed the potential of the program for the upcoming seasons.
On Feb. 12, Los Gatos took on Los Altos. After a disappointing 0-1 scoreline at half-time, junior Cooper Sells tied the game after tapping the ball into the goal early in the second half. Unfortunately, Los Altos was able to score a second goal shortly after LG’s. The trouble did not end there; Los Altos capitalized on a poor call by the referee, which resulted in a penalty for the Eagles. After a successfully converted penalty kick, the scoreline stood firm at 1-3. At the end of the 2020 season, LGHS held an overall record of 4-8-1.
Despite some late-season losses, the Wildcats’ early season wins carried them to an eighth seed placement in the CCS playoffs. Over the break on Feb. 22, the Wildcats played the top seeded Branham Bruins. Many of LG’s players couldn’t make the game, but the attending guys played their hearts out, knowing that this might be their last soccer game of high school. Unfortunately, Branham snuck two goals past the Wildcat defense by halftime, and one more in the second half, which sealed the game for the Bruins.
The Junior Varsity team attempted to rally together to finish the season strongly, but couldn’t muster up the goals to match their enthusiasm and passion. In their Feb. 12 match against Los Altos, the Cats lost 1-3 in a gruelling game that seemed to characterize the Wildcat’s season: they had the right idea, but the execution was a bit muffed. After falling behind by a goal in the first half, the Wildcats came roaring back. Freshman Drew Dillehay scored a goal that soared into the top corner that was a surefire frontrunner for goal of the season. However, shortly after this banger, Los Altos scored, and after dodging an offside call to score their third goal, the referee brought the match to a close.
The JV team faced off against Santa Clara for their final match of the season. Both teams were sluggish in the first half, but an opportune shot from the Bruins put Santa Clara up at halftime. Los Gatos didn’t give up and created countless chances to score. However, most of these perfect opportunities were not taken advantage of, as Los Gatos only converted on one, scored by freshman Isaac Tamayo-Sarver, before the match ended.
Though both of the Wildcat’s seasons resulted in limited celebration, the Wildcat’s future is looking bright. Whether it be an upper-class talent like Sells, or under-class prodigies like sophomore Zachary Bohane and freshman Matthew Chase, there will be no stopping these boys in the 2021 season.
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