By Emily Duvall
In addition to both teams going undefeated during the school’s winter break, both the Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity squads are seeing tremendous success in their respective seasons, despite the brief recess due to power outages. So far this January, the girls clinched wins against Fremont 3-0, against Milpitas 6-0, against Monta Vista 3-1, and against Lynbrook 4-1. As for the boys’ team, they beat Fremont 3-0, Soquel 2-1, Milpitas 1-0, Monta Vista 3-2, and Lynbrook 2-0. Since both teams are showing pleasing results at this point in the season, there is hope that both will reach CCS playoffs and do well in their league competitions.r4
Co-captain of the girls’ squad Malia Yamamoto reflected on the last few games, sharing,“we really have progressed as a team. We’ve been pretty close since the beginning of the season, but I really feel like now we’ve improved and gotten better at playing as a team.” Coach Jessica Ingram shares a similar sentiment, frequently detailing the girls’ great chemistry on and off the field and how it reflects in game play.
It’s clear this newfound chemistry has worked wonders for the team; they’ve already shown great improvement from last season. Their record is 7-2-2, compared to last year’s record of 1-16. Senior Samantha Elliott is a key player in this new and improved team. She has scored a total of nine goals this season and will likely net even more. “All of the girls are so close not only as teammates, but as friends! We have already bonded so much this season and I am so lucky to be a part of this team. The team chemistry is amazing on and off the field,” Elliott said.
The Boys’ Varsity team is faring equally as well under captains Brady Kamali, Drew Dillehay, Matthew Chase, and Michael Mailhot, who are all LGHS seniors. Senior player Chase Hinson described their experiences, “I think the season is going really well. We are currently on a hot streak and the team has been playing tremendously. [I am] super excited for the rest of the season.” The team’s record is 7-3-2, with Kamali claiming the position as top goal scorer.
With the soccer season already halfway over, be sure to watch out for the upcoming Senior Night Games to show support for the Wildcats. The Boys’ Senior Night Game will take place at Helm Field on Feb. 7 at 7:00PM against Monta Vista, and the girls will play Lynbrook for their Senior Night Game on Feb. 9 at 7:00PM.