Although both the boys JV and Varsity soccer team recently started off their season, they kick off on already excellent progress. According to boys soccer coach Forrest Solis, the varsity team has had a lot of success defensively while struggling a bit offensively. At the start of the season they focused on defense and how they can make it difficult for their opponents to score, and according to Solis, the teams are doing great.
The varsity team just recently competed their first scrimmage against Newbury Park with a tie of 1-1. While on the other hand, the JV team had some hard luck when they lost 1-3
On Tuesday Jan. 7, both JV and Varsity took on Pacifica at home. Varsity lost 0-2 and JV lost 0-0. On Thursday Jan. 9, both teams took on Oxnard where varsity tied 1-1 while the JV team lost 0-2
Senior Christian Catano said, “I think the season is a big improvement from last year, everyone is trying to work better as a team.”
“I am extremely hard on my players to not only perform well on the field but in the classroom as well. First and foremost, we want to be successful in the classroom and represent our program in a positive manner to the student body of Buena High School.” Solis said.
The team’s main goal for the season is to advance to CIF and make their league.
“There are some quality soccer teams in our league including teams like Channel Islands, Pacifica, and Oxnard,” he said. “We need to make sure that we come out strong and compete in every game like it is a championship final if we want to be successful this year.”
Freshman player Marcos Rico said, “what motivates me to stay in soccer are my friends, “They push me to be the best I can.”
According to Solis the team has been generally tough to score on, something that he would like to improve on is scoring more goals this season then they did on the last. Solis believes that with the amount of experience they have, is that this is one of the strongest teams he has had in the past few years, and with that amount of experience to hopefully make their way into winning a league title this year.
“If a player can be organized, focused, and determined in the classroom, they can translate those behaviors over to the soccer field. Overall, we strive to maintain good behavior and grades in the classroom. As for the field, our goals for growth as a team is to be organized defensively for the entire game, while simultaneously sticking to our game plan offensively. At the end of the day, if the other team doesn’t score, we can’t lose,” Solis said as words of encouragement.