O’NEALS — The current Minarets soccer team is now the winningest team in Minarets High School history. Sitting at 7-9-1 overall (wins, losses, ties) the varsity boys have hopes to make the playoffs this year.
A major part of this success is owed to the great chemistry between the boys. On the field they operate like a well-oiled machine, moving up and down the pitch as a unit.
For the second year in a row, Minarets won a tightly contested game against Yosemite. A 10-game losing streak against Riverdale was broken when Minarets beat them 2-1 in a hotly contested game at Riverdale.
We were on a 9-game losing streak to Parlier and this year we broke that, as well, after beating them in overtime 3-2 in a intense match at Parlier. Everyone supporting was screaming and yelling in joy.
This successful season is partly due to the team’s accurate passing and good teamwork.
For example, the lineup is Jesse Martin (striker), Matthew Blumberg (goal keeper), Jacob Cullen (striker), Keagan Mackey (midfielder), Cole Shattuck (midfielder), Drew Robertson (midfielder), Zemi Stacy (midfielder), David Sanchez (defender), Nick Roland (defender), Garett Press (def/mid), and Jacob Kuiper (midfielder).
“For example, when I receive the ball, I usually dribble back a little bit to give the other striker time to push up and thread him the through ball. However, if I am the only striker, I will usually get the ball and try and out pace the defenders, especially if it’s a through ball.”
“We are successful because we have good team chemistry,” says senior midfielder Zemi Stacy. “I personally like everybody that I play with and that same feeling is reciprocated.”
Senior midfielder Josue Ramirez says, “I think we have improved a lot since last year, as last season was quite a disappointment for the team. This year is Minarets’ best season so far.”
This season has been a huge success for us and we have more work to do. We are going to the playoffs for the first time in Minarets High School soccer history.
We have worked very hard for this success and we will not let anything get in our way to stop us.
Written by Minarets’ student correspondents Oscar Neri and Neil Willamson
This week has been full for the Mustangs. To wrap up this whirlwind season our final league game is a home match against a team many of our athletes will consider a personal rival: the Caruthers Blue Raiders.
This last home game will also be our Senior Night. All the seniors from both the boys and girls varsity teams will be celebrated in front of family, friends and classmates. The varsity boys team has twelve seniors on its roster and varsity girls have nine.
These last few games will be crucial, especially for our girls team. And with our eyes on the JV teams, next year is looking to be even better than this year has been.
Friday, Feb. 10 is the last game of the season before playoffs start the on Feb. 14 – 15.
Written by Minarets’ student correspondent Ryan McDougald