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Kicking off the season

The girls varsity soccer team get together before the second half of the preseason game against La Serna on December 7, 2023

Girls varsity soccer players have ended their preseason and are more than half way through their official season which started on December 14. After a rough start to the preseason, they are hoping to bounce back soon in order to do well in the league.

Head varsity coach Scott Mocabee shared how the team prepared for the season.

“We train everyday. We are trying to get them mentally, physically prepared for games. We’re trying to get them connected with each other on and off the field,” Mocabee said.

Mocabee stated that the team needed to work on consistently playing at a quick and high level game. He said getting along and working hard are the best qualities of this team. The biggest challenge of this team would be getting all the players on the same page and up to speed on the varsity level. Mocabee also believed that the girls will be league champions once again.

“Whether we win those two league games or not, either way it’s gonna be a nice natural break for us to recharge physically and mentally and get us ready for the second half of the season,” Mocabee said.

Destiny Saillant, a senior and a captain for the girls varsity soccer team, expressed her thoughts regarding the league.

“We feel really good. We feel confident. We know if we really work hard we can win league. I think our biggest challenge this season is connecting. We have a bunch of new girls and we’re a much smaller team than we were last year so it’s a little harder to connect,” Saillant said. 

The team had two league games before winter break and Saillant felt they still had a lot to work on but remained optimistic. 

“I don’t think it (winter break) would affect us too much. I think we’ll be a little rusty but I know we’ll get where we need to get for league,” Saillant said.

Alyssa Quiroz (12) shared that she was excited to compete and win the league and move on to the playoffs. She believed that the team needed to work on building and connecting with each other more and to look for the ball instead of running away.

“We did preseason practices in the weight room. I feel strong about it (league). I feel like we’re going to do good. I just think we need to have a little bit more team bonding, team chemistry,” Quiroz said.

Malanni Gonzalez (12) prepared with her team by doing a lot of work in the preseason but she expressed that development of team chemistry would need to be a focus.

“I think this team has a lot of potential so once we get team bonding going, I think everything will come together,” Gonzalez said.

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