Mens Soccer Feels at Home on the Field

Christina Bello, Staff Writer

For the mens soccer team, soccer was not just a sport. It was a way of life. Leaving the field with grass stains, skinned knees, and bruised legs became natural to these boys. Their hard work and dedication was not an option, but simply a must.

With seven wins, two losses, and one tie, the Grizzlies are at the beginning of a dignified season. Although they had a successful season the previous year, there had been many new existent improvements this current season. The most substantial one was the team’s tie against rival Bishop Gorman. In the past, the mens soccer team always had a difficult time keeping up with the Gaels, so a tie was a tremendous accomplishment.

Seniors Vincent Leon, Seth McGinn, Rodrigo Tipacti, and junior Ricky Gonzalez have stepped up to become leaders for the team. They created team unity by setting examples for the younger players on the field, which motivated them to play more and step up their game. “The captains are leading on the field during practice and games. They are an extension of the coaches,” said assistant coach, James Tippett.

Nevertheless, the mens junior varsity soccer team was in a divergent stature. The team was consisted primarily of freshmen. Therefore, they learned new tactics and developed techniques used in high school soccer. They had two wins, three losses, and two ties. However, they are improving every game by applying skills acquired from practice.

With their strive and determination, Coach Tippett’s goal is for the varsity team to make it to the play-offs. He hopes that all students and parents come out to the games to show their school spirit, to cheer for the hard-working athletes, and to support the Spring Valley soccer team.