By Charlie Viehl
The varsity soccer team concluded its second tournament of the season with a 2-0 win against Peninsula High School in the Westside Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 15. The Cubs also placed seventh in the San Clemente Tournament on Friday, Dec. 9, after losing 0-3 to Cathedral High School.
After defeating both Artesia and St. John Bosco by scores of 3-0 in the first two games of the Westside Tournament, the Cubs defeated Jordan by a score of 7-2 in the final game of the tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The Cubs’ five point margin of victory was their largest to date.
Senior forward Marco Sanchez led the Cubs offensively with a season high of four goals, including one penalty kick. “We were playing well before the first half ended. Also, we assisted an early goal in the beginning of the second half that really changed the momentum and set us up for the win,” Sanchez said.
On Dec. 8, the Cubs began the San Clemente Tournament with a game against Brophy Prep from Arizona, ending with a score of 1-1. Unable to secure a victory in extra time, the game was sent into a penalty shootout, which the Cubs lost 3-2, eliminating them from championship contention.
In the consolation tournament, the Cubs faced Cathedral High School and lost by a score of 3-0, allowing two goals in the first half and one in the second. With a loss to Cathedral, the Cubs moved into the seventh place game, where the Cubs tied San Clemente High School with a score of 0-0.
Senior goalkeeper Antonio Chavez-Borelli said, “We played three games against three very good opponents. We’ll take the positives from each game and improve in the areas that need improvement. We are being patient and trusting the process and are continuing to work hard at practice and in the weight room.”
Head coach Chris Walter knows that the ultimate goal is to do well during the league season and playoffs. “We are still working on a lot of things and need to continue to improve on multiple aspects of our game in order to compete in league and playoffs,” said coach Walter.
After breaking a four game losing streak with a win against Peninsula, the Cubs have a 4-2-2 record. The team will face Alisal High School on Monday, Dec. 19, before beginning the Oceanside Tournament on Dec. 27.