The varsity Soccer team beat rival Harvard-Westlake on Jan. 12 by a score of 4-0 under the lights at Smith Field.
“We went into the game knowing that Harvard Westlake was going to come with everything they had. This fired us up and allowed us to start the game of strong said Senior Forward Aidan Cuevas. “After the first 2 goals went in we were able to control the tempo of the game. To come out of that game with a 4-0 win was a confidence booster for the team and it’s led to similar performances in the games that followed.” The shutout was junior goalie Nick Barr-Mira’s tenth of the season.
Head Coach Chris Walter ‘93 said, “I am pleased with how we are playing but we do not know what we completely have yet due to injuries. We have had a lot of guys step up to help us reach our record.”
Ranked 27th in California, the Cubs hosted the Alemany Warriors in their game on Jan. 17.
The Cubs won by a score of 4-0, securing a second shutout.
Head Coach Walter has his sights set on a league title. Walter said, “Loyola has finished the season with a league title nine of the last ten years and last year we did not win league so first and foremost we would like to get it back.”
On Jan. 19, the team traveled to Sherman Oaks to face Notre Dame and tied by a score of 1-1. Because it is regular season, the game does not go into penalty kicks nor extra time.
Walter said, “What makes this team special is the camaraderie between this group of seniors and the underclassmen. This year has a smaller group of seniors and they have been very welcoming to the newest members on varsity. This team is very cohesive and it makes practices and games more enjoyable thanks to the senior leadership.”
On Monday, Jan. 22, the team traveled to Pasadena to face Mission League rival St. Francis. The team won by a score of 5-0 improving the cubs record to 14-2-6
Junior Nico Mancilla, sophomore Thomas Griego and junior Henry Smith-Hastie scored three of the team’s five goals in the contest. Barr-Mira and the defense have only allowed two goals in Mission League play.
Senior co-captain Nico Sanchez said, “To me playing on this team means fighting until the final whistle is blown. It is working hard and being determined to not just win, but to develop stronger relationships with my teammates on and off the field. In order for us to succeed, we have to play as a team. Each player, whether they are on or off the field, adds to our group dynamic that allows us to succeed.”