To the CVHS girls varsity soccer team, soccer is more than just a game. On Jan. 29, fans witnessed the team express their favorite sport with passion and integrity. Although it ended with a tie and the team wasn’t able to reach the top, the endless support from the crowd was still seen after the final whistle.
When asked about how soccer became a part of her life, senior Pagan Hetherington answered, “My dad introduced me to it as a little girl and since then I love it; it’s my passion. Even though it takes up my life, I don’t know what I’d do without it and the experiences it gave me.”
On the team, there are six seniors: Anna Agron, Hetherington, Jessica Ko, Emma Barrow, Brianna Wummer, and Victoria Kiani. To the senior girls, soccer was their life. Many seniors were introduced to the game when they were young, and since then they’ve been playing with determination to become the best.
Throughout their years on the team, the seniors grew up making long-lasting friendships and learning from their upperclassmen. Being seniors, they also learned how to be a mentor and keep the team together in tough situations.
“I’m just glad I was able to experience it,” said Ko.
Even though the seniors are sad to leave the team, their experiences and memories will be something that won’t be forgotten.
Before the big game, the night began with recognition of both teams’ senior soccer players. To introduce the CVHS senior soccer players, the rookies of the soccer team and the U11 Castro Valley Club team formed a tunnel for the seniors and their escorts to run through. After each senior reached the end of the tunnel, they had a chance in the spotlight. Small speeches were given, and each were presented with a signed photograph and a candy lei.
On the bleachers stood the supporters of the Castro Valley varsity team, cheering with a great amount of posters, and endless love. Before the match, the National Anthem was beautifully sung by Wummer.
The game began at 6 p.m. CVHS’ varsity team started the match with a kick off. Although both the Yellow Jackets and Trojans played a tough, physical game, neither could score. The game ended with a 0-0 tie.
The CVHS girls varsity soccer team ended their glorious season with 11 wins, three losses, and one tie.