Soccer Teams Experiencing Ups and Downs

While the rest of us were enjoying a restful break, the varsity girls soccer team was practicing hard for a long-awaited game against Scotts Valley. The match ended in a score of 1-3 in favor of the Scotts Valley team. SLV captain Synclaire Reyes scored the team’s only goal off of a free kick, which saved the girls from losing in a shutout.

Source: MVP Photography

Source: MVP Photography

A later game against St. Francis proved to be more successful, ending in a final score of 1- 0. Player Abbey Meck made the goal that pushed SLV into the lead. She was assisted by Synclaire Reyes.

Junior, Aileigh Boynton and sophomore, Jessica Mittelbusher have joined Natasha Tanner on the list of injured players this season. Boynton sprained her arm and fractured her wrist after having a member of the opposing team fall on top of her during a game. The accident left her in a sling in the days after the accident. Mittelbusher suffered  a knee injury and is expected to have surgery in the coming weeks.

Upcoming home games for the varsity girls include January 23 and 30 against Harbor and Scotts Valley High School at 3:30.

The varsity boys team has had an unfortunate couple weeks of play. The first instance was against Monta Vista, a game that ended in a close loss of 1-0 for the boys. The next was a tie against Cupertino that ended with no goals from either team. Arguably the most unfortunate loss for the boys was against the Scotts Valley Falcons. The game’s score was 3-0 in favor of Scotts Valley.

Despite their bad luck, team goalie, Garrett Kustin said he “can’t wait for the rest of this season” as the group “improves as a team and as a family!”.

Source: MVP Photography
Source: MVP Photography; Goalie Garrett Kustin drop kicks the ball down the field.

Route for the boys at their next games on the 24th and 31st against the Harbor Pirates and Scotts Valley Falcons. Both games will be held at home at 3:30.

The JV girls’ hard work has paid off in the last few weeks. The girls were victorious against Downtown College Prep who they beat with a score of 8-0. Even more impressive, the girls crushed Seaside in a game that ended 10-0. Their only recent loss was in a game against Scotts Valley that ended 0-2 in favor of the opposing team.

The girls continue their season with games against the Harbor Pirates and Watsonville Wildcatz on the 23rd and 25th. The games will take place at home and at Watsonville High at 3:30 pm and 11:00 am.

Like their friends on varsity, the JV boys have also had an unlucky few weeks. Their last three games ended in two losses and a tie against Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Monta Vista. The game against Monta Vista ended in an encouraging score of 2-2. The boys fell, however, to Scotts Valley, scoring only one goal while the opposition scored five. The team also lost to Watsonville, but were unable to prevent a shutout, and the game ended 0-5.

With a few more weeks of practice, the JV team is sure to improve their standings in their upcoming games. Come show some Cougar pride at the team’s next home games against Scotts Valley and the Santa Cruz Cardinals on January 31st and February 7th at 3:30.

-Veronica Vickers

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