Boys’ Soccer Wraps League Season with Tie

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Katherine Ly, Editor in Chief

Varsity boys’ soccer finished off the regular season with a scoreless tie against Las Lomas on February 10. Even though the game wasn’t a “super important” one, according to coach Shane Carney, it kept Campolindo’s league standings from improving. The squad finished with a record of 3-4-3, which mirrors Las Lomas’ record exactly.

Though there were no goals scored, there were close calls on both sides. The Cougars’ goalkeeper, senior Kai Weyland, made 6 saves during the game. Weyland currently has the most saves, 101, in the league.

Considering his assessment of his team’s performance, the final result was a good one, according to Carney. “Effort was pretty bad. To get a tie and have played pretty poorly is an OK result for us,” he said. “[Las Lomas] actually beat us 5-1 first time we played them this season, so we knew they were gonna be pretty good.”

Some of Carney’s players admitted they were not adequately focused to perform at their best. “Everyone thought of [previous games] as maybe more important, so we kind of dropped off this game because we knew it wasn’t a very crucial game,” said senior outside back Danny Damianakes.

“There were some moments where we could’ve played with much more effort so we could’ve potentially scored a goal,” added sophomore and outside back Jonathan Gong. Gong was disappointed about the outcome because he believed it would negatively impact his team’s seeding for the NCS tournament.

Regarding the team’s poor effort, Carney said, “I think the guys were just tired overall. We’ve had a few really tough games recently and I think the guys were just tired. We played Clayton Valley recently, we beat them. College Park, other big physical teams that we kinda pulled out good wins against some.” Despite that, he said that he did see some improvement. “Probably our top player tonight was Jonathan Gong. He played really well throughout the game tonight. He’s been getting better and better each game this year and this was probably his best game all year,” he said.

As for the upcoming NCS playoffs, the players expressed confidence. “I could definitely see us doing very well in NCS,” said Damianakes.