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SOCCER: Varsity boys’ season comes to end against Gregori

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KEEGAN NESS

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The varsity boys soccer team’s postseason ended last night after falling 1-0 to the ninth-seeded Gregori Jaguars in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.     

To make it to the second round, the Tigers defeated the Rodriguez Mustangs last Tuesday in a 3-1 comeback victory with two goals from sophomore Austin Wehner and one from sophomore Brad Morin.

In the second-round loss, a late goal in the second half from Axel Lomeli, one of the Jaguars’ strikers, broke the deadlock in what looked like a game headed for overtime. A long free kick from Jose Orozco from the center circle found its way through the Tiger defense and fell at Lomeli’s feet, who finished his shot near post past senior goalkeeper Kyle Kellogg.

The Tigers’ finished third in the Capital Valley Conference with an overall record of 11-4-6. The team conceded a league-low of nine goals, which helped them reach the playoffs for the first time since joining the CVC in the 2014-2015 school year.

Junior defender Max Garbolino-Mojica hopes that despite losing a multitude of talent from the 13 graduating seniors, they can get back to playoffs next season.

“Hopefully we can get to the same point we did this year, maybe further, but we’re going to be losing a lot of players this year, a lot of seniors, a lot of really good seniors too,” Garbolino-Mojica said. “So hopefully we’ll get some good talent coming in as well.”

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