Picking Up the Pieces

The boy’s soccer team looks to piece together an already broken season

Ronaldo Ramirez

Staff Writer

     In a season filled with promising aspirations and expectations that did not come to fruition, the soccer season culminated into what can simply be described as a struggle.

American High School’s boy’s junior varsity soccer team had a hard time adapting to the major coaching change that occurred at the beginning of the season.

“This season was an uphill climb since our coach left,” former junior varsity soccer player Jesus Castro (11) said, “The arrival of the new coach boosted morale of the team, but even then, I still personally had an issue with the way the coaching was going on, so I ended up leaving the team towards the end of the season,”

While they were under new leadership, they continued on a rocky patch for part of the season. Towards the end of the season it was noticeable that things began to turn as the junior varsity and varsity teams made progress, displaying the true leadership that can turn a team around. The junior varsity team ended the season at (3 wins-12 losses-2 ties) and according to maxpreps.com (maxpreps is a usually strong reliable source used throughout the nation that gathers results from teams all over the country for many sports and updates the results at the convenience of many schools), their most recent game was a blowout loss to James Logan High school (score: 1-8).

The American defense looks on in anticipation as the Kennedy forward looks to put the ball in the back of the net. The American vs Kennedy game was played on January 9,2015 at Tak Fudenna Stadium where American eventually lost the game 2-1. “Even though we didn’t win as many games as we would have liked, we know that we gave it our all on that field.” varsity soccer player Michael Strauss (12) said.
The American defense looks on in anticipation as the Kennedy forward looks to put the ball in the back of the net. The American vs Kennedy game was played on January 9,2015 at Tak Fudenna Stadium where American eventually lost the game 2-1. “Even though we didn’t win as many games as we would have liked, we know that we gave it our all on that field.” varsity soccer player Michael Strauss (12) said.

“This season has been a challenging one,” varsity soccer player Michael Strauss (12) said.

“Even though we didn’t win as many games as we would have liked, we know that we gave it our all on that field.”

The year didn’t go well for the varsity team who ended the season with a record of 0 wins to 19 losses and 2 ties; they were outscored 76-16 throughout the entire season.
The continuous loss bothered players so much that some even threatened to quit halfway through the season. Although the threats never came to actualization, it did have an effect on player morale. They showed signs to be putting the pieces of this shattered season back together, only to stumble back due to their inability to score goals when they needed to. Their latest game resulted in a 2-2 loss for American ‘s varsity team against Washington High School; however, maxpreps.com recorded it as a win for Washington, allowing them to waltz into NCS without American.

The varsity team also lacked a strong sense of direction throughout the season, resulting in a subpar season.

“We played the game in our head an hour before it started,” varsity soccer player Austin Dalmasso (11) said. “We had the right spirit and the drive but we didn’t have the right guidance.”

The season did not go as planned with the untimely departure of a coach, empty threats of quitting by some of the players, and the inability of scoring the clutch goal. All of these factors resulted in the ultimate demise of this year’s season. All anyone can do now is look forward and hope for a comeback year next season.

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