Varsity boys soccer started the season with victories against Scotts Valley and Los Gatos, despite losing their entire starting lineup from last year. The team lost 13 players to graduation or injury, leaving many spots to fill in a short week of tryouts.
“[Tryouts were] very important this year considering how many open spots there were on the team,” sophomore Jimmy Dessouki said. “Picking a bunch of new players [changes the] whole team dynamic.”
The team has experienced many changes in demographics, with a better balance between upper and lowerclassmen because of the additions from last year’s JV team. Despite these changes, Coach Vava Marques has faith in his players.
“We lost a lot of seniors last year,” Vava said. “But I think everybody is stepping up to the plate, especially the juniors [from] last year. So it’s gonna be a good season.”
Coach Vava’s confidence in his team is reflected in the work ethic of the players. They appreciate his intense practices and the way he pushes them to meet his high expectations.
“I think we have that hard work mentality,” sophomore Charlie Barbecho Jimenez said. “And every practice we grind and grind so we can get good results.”
The JV team has played two games, winning against Santa Clara 3-0 and losing to Los Gatos 0-2, but they are determined to place in playoffs and have a great season.
“[This] season, I just want to see everyone to play well and play with 100%,” freshman David Raya said. “ This whole school [is] pretty much family.”