By: Brenda Montes
The varsity girls have had a good season this year. Samueli Academy, varsity girls are all Juniors with the exception of one freshman. They have started the season since December and about to end in February. So far they have had 3 wins, 2 ties and 5 losses. They have improved better and stronger since last season. Since last season was one win and all losses.
with that. There’s a saying that 'winning is not for everyone' and sometimes that’s true, so if winning is not for them then that’s fine we’ll part ways because I’m here for one thing only and that’s to win and also for them to get better and to become better people through the challenges of soccer,” said Coach Espinoza, the varsity girls soccer Coach.
However others think differently, “I think Coach is a great Coach because he definitely pushes us a lot and I feel that’s what a real Coach does who pushes you,” Violeta Vega, Junior.
“He wants us to do our best and because of that he tells us a lot of things that might not be as nice but it helps us improve for future games,” Jailene Mendoza, a Junior.
“For the most part we do have good communication, but just as everything else we have our miscommunication. There’s always conflict when they don’t want to listen to and rebel against it but that’s normal,” said Coach Espinoza.
There has also been lack of commitment towards soccer practice and games. “I think that a team that has no commitment and a team that doesn’t show up for games it's going to fall apart sooner or later,” Violeta Vega, Junior.
“They can miss practice if it’s a family emergency or grade wise, but if it is because they felt like it, then that is not showing you are committed to the team and that is the point of a team, commitment.” said Giselle Cortez, Junior.
“Players not showing to practice is very disappointing. A lot of people think that we are just going to show up to a game and turn it on but that is not how it works. The intensity level has to be high so that in competition it can be high as well. If you don’t come to practice then you really don’t know what you going to do during a game. If you don’t commit to practice and isn’t intense during practice, then when it comes to a game, you will not be committed nor intense throughout the game and we are just going to lose,” said Coach Espinoza.
It may sound that the team is not having their best season but as every team has their downs. There is always goals for the team to be able to have improvement. “Well the goal is to win our last two games for this season. As for practice is for them to get better, it’s always been about getting better. Just knowing next season would be a season for more winning would take place, more than we have done this season. Better in ourselves, better as a team and what we did last season was one thing and what we did this season was progression and hopefully progress more next season,” said Coach Espinoza.
“My goal was to win most games but as the season went on my goal as a team is to come together and work together. For us to feel united as for when we come back next season then we can focus on how we play,” said Jailene Mendoza, Junior.
“My goal this season is when time gets hard in games because it gets intense especially when we are losing and the team bumps down is to to be that person to motivate them and be inspirational to my teammates and help them as much as I can,” Violeta Vega, Captain being a leader in the team.
As for that even throughout loosing games, motivation wise they give it their best to not get bummed down. “What we always do is reflect back to previous games on what we did wrong because obviously we did something wrong to lose on a game. So every game is a new learning experience,” said Violeta Vega, Junior.
Others say Coach Espinoza is a motivational Coach. “Coach is the person to motivate us when we are during our conditioning or during games. He motivates us as even if we mess up he says good effort,” said Giselle Cortez, Junior.
“Most of the motivation comes from talking," said Coach Espinoza. "I’m a really intense Coach so I try to show them losing is never an option and how winning should be the only goal. If they just try their best and we lose, I’ll take that any day of the week. I try to let them know that they can win, that you know the other girls yes they might be winning or might have a little better skill set but they are still human beings you know they still have two arms and two legs like we do and to never say die. Since there’s 80 minutes in a high school game and in those 80 minutes anything can happen. So i just let them know to never stop playing, to never stop fighting because you just never know what can happen.”
As well there are members on the team with no experience, and some that have experience. “I’ve played soccer since I was about 5 years old so it is something that I like to do and I’m used to doing. When I’m in the field I feel like no one is there. It’s just me and the team and the opponent team that only matters at that point,” said Jailene Mendoza, Junior.
“I didn’t play soccer till High school but i grew up having my family play soccer since all of them are boys and i'm the only girl. I just grew a great passion for it,” said Violeta Vega.
Coach had some opinion towards new recruiters on the team this season. “Celeste is a natural soccer player, she has a lot of skill in her feet and she is only a freshman so her potential is monumental,” said Coach Espinoza.
“Devin is just a natural athlete. I know that she plays volleyball, softball and now she is playing as goalie since day one since I saw her I knew she had potential to be great,” said Coach Espinoza.
“Jeslie is just so fast. She has never played soccer before but her athleticism is one that can’t be matched,” said Coach Espinoza.
Look at it this way, all teams have conflicts, but always find a solution to resolve it. Just as Varsity girls and Coach Espinoza do to improve and have a great time throughout the season.
Editor Board, 2017-2018
Editor in Chief: