JV boys soccer ends season strong
By Bradley James
With the second to last game of the regular season, Coach Stewart and the Tigers went on to play against an unstoppable Ponderosa team. Ponderosa has lost just three games on the season while also racking up 11 wins.
The Tigers fell to the Bruins 4-0. The Tigers continue and will play Oakmont High School in their last game of the season today, at Oakmont in hopes of finishing their first season in the new CVC league with one last final win on the board.
Tigers played Whitney High School on Monday, Oct. 20, in their third to last game of the regular season. Going into the matchup, Whitney had only recorded one loss in the regular season against Bella Vista. The Tigers miraculously defeated the seemingly unbeatable Wildcats netting one goal coming from freshman Ryan Valdez. Valdez scored the only goal of the match as the Tigers moved to another victory on the season improving their record to 9-4-4.
“It was a big moment for me,” Valdez said. “I was happy to score the goal for us and it made it easier that our defense was playing well that game.”
The Tigers went on to play Granite Bay High School in a non-league, friendly vs. friendly match-up on Friday Oct. 17. Granite Bay, still playing in the SFL, has been undefeated in their regular season as they challenged the Tigers to see if they could still hold their own against SFL teams.
Granite Bay’s soccer field has no lights to play under resulting in cutting down each half by twenty minutes. With less time to play, fewer chances emerged for the Tigers as the match ended in a 1-0 victory coming in favor to Granite Bay. Despite the loss, the Tigers were pleased with play as they held the strong Grizzly offense to just one goal the entire match.
“Granite Bay was a good starter for us to prepare us against Whitney, they’re a great team, and if we can hold Granite Bay to a goal we should do fine against Whitney,” sophomore Tommy Edwards said. “Our defense was playing good and we were still playing decent soccer even though we lost, If we play good possession and be aggressive I think we can beat Whitney next week.”
The Tigers competed in three games two weeks ago bringing in a second win against Antelope on the season winning three goals to none. The Tigers also defeated Bella Vista High School 3-2 as they more recently tied Bella Vista in a previous match from scoring a late minute goal.
“I thought it was big for us to get that late goal in the game against BV,” sophomore forward Sean Granucci said. “I knew that would be the key to winning the game this time and not giving up when we’re tired.”