Being Resilient: Boys and Girls Soccer 2011-2012
The checkered ball is smacked by the tip of a Nike cleat, sending it skipping across the perfectly manicured turf field like a flat rock to water, causing players from the Woodside soccer teams to scramble to defend their goal. The girls and boys soccer teams are nearing the end of their 2011-2012 season with an impressive record and players from both teams are excited for the team’s future.
Alex Herrera, junior, has played for Woodside for three years, with 8 years of experience on top of that. According to Herrera, their hardest opponent has been MA, the game in which they unfortunately lost by one point “due to a last minute free kick from MA.” Though, on the positive side, the team is third in PAL’s (Pacific Athletic League) and 4-3 this season.
Unfortunately, In the much anticipated boys varsity game against Sequoia, Woodside lost. Inevitably, the team was disappointed, but Herrera got back to the sunnier side and remembered what Coach Darrell Ringman says to his team often. He says that “[they] have to be resilient, and never over confident.” This helps because the team has “[worked] on being resilient and [has bounced] back from [their] losses.”
The team “definitely feels like a family.” Herrera has played with most of his teammates for the past two years on varsity, which helps them as a team because they “know how to play [with each other], and [they] get along”
The varsity girls soccer team, led by coach Jose Navarrete are 5-3-2 this season and have been continually working harder and harder. Randi Stafford, a junior, has played for Woodside since she was a freshman. Aragon, according to Stafford, is the team’s biggest rival. She says that this year, she and her team have been “working together as a team and scoring more goals.”
Navarrete explains that their defense is “rock solid” and “firmly believe[s] it is the best in the PAL.” The team’s goalkeeping is also in good shape, the goalie Sabrina Proctor, freshman “has been a pleasant surprise for [the team].”
The girls varsity team also feels a closer bond. Opposite of the boys team however, Stafford tells that “there are many new girls on the team.” Since the girls haven’t had two years to adjust to each other there is a little more of a void, but Stafford says they are “making it work, and slowly getting closer.”
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