The girls varsity soccer team won 2-1 against the Piedmont High School Highlanders on Feb. 11. This was the team’s last home game of the season and also senior night.
“The season’s going well. We’ve been doing really well towards the end,” said head coach Vanessa Amaral. “There’s been a huge push for us which is really great to see.”
The Trojans battled hard against Piedmont, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats with several blocked shots and almost-goals. Junior Jada Romero scored the first goal for CVHS with just four minutes left in the first half. After a crowd-favorite halftime show that honored the departing seniors, Kaitie Quinteros scored the Trojans’ second goal and Piedmont scored to make the final score 2-1.
Reflecting on the season, team captain and senior Taylor Matthews feels that the team has improved as the year went on.
“I feel like it’s definitely gotten better as we’ve gone along,” said Matthews. “We’ve all gotten more inspired by each other and by how we play.”
There was a huge turnout for the team’s last home game, filling the Trojan Stadium stands with supportive friends and family as well as soccer fans. Before the game began there was a ceremony to honor and recognize the graduating seniors. Each player was escorted down the field by friends and family to be introduced to a cheering crowd.
“We’ve definitely had a lot [of favorite memories] but probably for me is hearing them laugh every time I’ve fallen at practice,” said Amaral. “To see them laughing and rolling on the ground, those are just great memories because you can’t repeat that or imitate that.”
Looking ahead, “For us these next games are going to matter a lot, depending on NCS and whether we go or not,” said Amaral. “It’s such a solid group and such a fun group, it’s bittersweet for me as it’s getting towards the end.”