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Girls Soccer overcoming rain, competitors

Lucy Livingston, a junior, takes a shot at the goal. Photo by Brandon McGinnis

Bruins are kicking off the soccer season, fighting both weather as well as opponents.

The Girls Soccer team continues to compete this year, despite many weather issues due to the CIF season change.

Savannah Collyer, a junior and attacking center-mid player, talked about how soccer is doing this season versus the previous seasons.

“Soccer’s doing okay but it’s not as good as other seasons because it’s in the winter,” she said. “We are winning and tying games mostly.”

“We are doing okay,” said Cameron Ramsour, a senior and forward player. “It’s just taking some time to adjust to the new season and hard getting practices in with the weather. We haven’t had that many games yet.”

“We’ve had to reschedule a bunch of games and practices because of rain or other weather issues, we can’t even use our home field,” said Collyer.

Joe Giovacchini, the varsity girls’ soccer coach, talked about having to reschedule games.

“Well to say the least it has been tough as we have had to reschedule or cancel some games,” he said. “We had to practice a lot indoor.”

But despite weather issues, the team is still playing well.

“So far the team has done well with 3 wins 1 loss and 4 ties,” commented Coach Giovacchini. “The best part so far has been a third place finish in a tournament and tying Placer HS. But it has been tough getting continuity due to lack of games.”

“Soccer is doing well so far,” said Abby Weir, a junior and center defensive mid-fielder. “We have a large team this year since there was not a big enough turn out for a JV team so everyone is all on one team. League games have just started and we have only played one official game so far that was against Placer and we tied 1-1.”

“We tied Placer and got third in a tournament,” Savannah Collyer said, reflecting back on the best moments of soccer this season for the team.

“We aren’t winning all the time but nor are we losing either,” commented Weir. “Pre-season was a little rough to begin with but I think our team this year has some real talent and could go far if we all work hard for it. Since league has just started, and we tied our division, I think things are going well.”

Giovacchini then discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the soccer team.

“The strength of the team has been the defense and the great spirit the team is showing every day,” he said. “The weakness is having an inexperienced bench.”

The girls talked about how the team could improve.

“I’m doing fine but I could definitely improve my shots,” Ramsour stated. “Something the team needs to work on is defense because that is where we are weakest.”

“Personally I am doing well,” Weir said. “I play center midfielder so I have to run up and down the field constantly to help move the play, so if there was anything I could really work on, it’s my speed and endurance since I do get pretty tired in games. But in my opinion, there is no ‘perfection’ in soccer since even the pros have to practice all the time to get better, there is no stopping point per season, so I’m sure I’ll always be working to improve my own play.”

Weir also talked about what she thinks her team needs to work on overall this season.

“Well, I would say that the hardest thing for the team has been integrating players with different skill levels into the team,” she stated. “Since we have no JV team, the Varsity team is very large and we have a huge spectrum of skill levels, something that has never happened to us before, so it’s been a challenge to integrate everyone into a single team.”

Weir shared the highlight of the season so far.

“I am really happy about our tie against Placer since it helps to boost team morale and show everyone that we can compete with the best if we try hard enough,” she said.

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