by Quincy Marks
Public Relations Manager
The 2020 LGHS girls’ soccer team played a fantastic season full of highlights and goals worth remembering. The team finished their league season on Feb. 14, tying 2-2 to Santa Clara. At their previous game against Santa Clara, the resulting score was 0-0, proving that the Bruins are an equal match to the Wildcats. Senior Kelli Keady, one of the three captains, scored one goal and assisted another. Junior Niki Krockenberger assisted Keady’s goal. To finish it off, junior Emily Nedom, another one of the captains, scored a goal as well.
After their league season ended, the girls headed off to compete in CCS over the February break. The Wildcats started their CCS playoff games with a bang. On Feb. 22, the Wildcats annihilated Live Oak with a score of 7-2. Keeping her scoring streak alive, Nedom scored an astonishing three goals, known as a hat trick. Keady also showed off her skills, scoring two goals of her own. Krockenberger then shocked the Live Oak defense and scored two more goals. Senior Lainey Engles and senior Isabella Scott, one of the captains, each assisted on one goal. Senior goalkeeper Bekkah Delgado kept Live Oak’s shots away from the Wildcat net. Overall, the LGHS Wildcats ate the Live Oak Acorns for breakfast.
Unfortunately, Saint Francis cut the Wildcat’s CCS run short. Los Gatos lost to the Lancers on Feb. 25, with the final score of 1-2. Scott assisted on Nedom’s goal. Although bittersweet, the Wildcat seniors were able to overlook their last game to appreciate what a wonderful season they had together.
Even though their CCS games ended, the Wildcats still competed in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Northern California Regional 2020 Girls’ Soccer Championship. On Mar. 3, LGHS faced off against Maria Carrillo in the quarterfinals. Sadly, the girls lost to Maria Carrillo 1-4. Nedom scored LG’s only goal, with Keady assisting. MaxPreps named freshman Teagan Conklin the player of the game. Freshman Sara Melinauskas played in goal, but unfortunately the team could not fight off the Maria Carrillo defense. Maria Carrillo went on to face Clovis in the semifinals on Mar. 5, with Clovis defeating Maria Carrillo then going on to defeat Leigh in the championship game.
Even though their season ended on a sour note, the girls still worked hard to have an outstanding season. Their league season record consisted of nine wins, one loss, and two ties. Their amazing record gave them the number one spot in the SCVAL-De Anza League standings. The Wildcats truly have many victories to be proud of.