Men’s Soccer Starts Off New Season with a Bang

Georgia Briskey

After a vigorous week of tryouts, the men’s soccer team began their season with the Winter Classic Tournament.

Scheduled to play games throughout the week of Nov. 28, the team lost two games, tied one game, and won one game.

After losing their first two games against Bishop O’Dowd and Albany, they beat Irvington 2-0 with both goals from Nick Bhachu ’12.

“We’re improving with every game, and unlike last season, this season feels like a winner,” said Oliver Chew ‘13.

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, they played their first league game against rival Acalanes and tied at 0-0.

They continued by playing Dougherty Valley on Dec. 10 and ended in a scoreless tie again.

The soccer team hopes to play well  against league opponents and non-league opponents. Wins against competitive teams will increase the team’s chances of securing a solid NCS seeding and good placings in DFALs.

This coming Friday the team plays away at Campo and looks to play well.

With the loss of Eric Sasanno ‘10 and Trevor Gorham ‘10, captains Bhachu and Griffin Deutz ‘11 prepare their team for the upcoming season.

“We’re basically starting from the bottom this year. We’re building a strong core group of younger players for future teams,” said Deutz.

After last year’s record of 0-7-5, the men’s soccer team trains hard on and off the field to reach their full potential and win games this season.

“We really want to prove ourselves in league this year and we have confidence that we’ll win,” said Bhachu.

With in-league competitors like Campolindo and Acalanes, coaches Aly Fofana and Andrew Bower work the players hard at practice. Over Winter Break, graduates Phil DaSilva and the graduated Sassano brothers plan to help coach the team.
“One of the issues we have is working together on the field. But we’re working hard on communication in practice,” said Deutz.

After losing key senior Ashraf Mathkour to pre-season track, the team misses some senior leadership, but hopes to succeed under the leadership of Deutz and Bhachu.

Returning key players like goalkeeper Taro Kyllonen ‘12, center back Mikey Worthington ‘12 and center attacker Bhachu lead the team with experience and skill. In addition, Jose Gutierrez ‘13, a new player and transfer student from Mexico, is proving to be a valuable forward on the field.

With determination, men’s soccer can only get better and strive to be a threat to in-league competitors this season.