Boys’ soccer advances to CCS for the first time in four years

February 13, 2017 — by Karen Chow, Neil Rao and Navin Tiwary

Speed and strength. These are the traits that have characterized the boys’ soccer team this season as they have edged their way into CCS for the first in four years.

Despite losing star defenders Romteen Masoumi and Anant Rajeev to graduation last spring, the team has added junior defenders Sahm Rafati and Chris Auches to varsity.

“[Sahm] and [Chris] are a great pair to have on the team as the two balance each other out perfectly,” senior defender Naman Sajwan. “Sahm’s strength and Chris’s pace leads to a stellar defense and this coupled with our strong offense is how we have gotten to CCS.”

This kind of ability has led to the team’s current record of 6-2-1 as of Feb. 12, one of the best seasons they have had in years.

The boys beat Cupertino  4-2 on Feb. 7. Junior forward Jack Isacke scored two goals, while senior attacker and co-captain Kevin Yu scored a goal, as did Debling. The win was a crucial one, assuring the Falcons a spot in CCS.

On Feb. 2, the Falcons tied Wilcox 1-1. The team played well offensively, managing to connect and build up to a hard-won team goal by Yu. While the Falcons held a strong defensive line throughout most of the game, one breakaway led to a quick Wilcox counter and equalizer.

The players realize the significance of the season so far.

“At first, we were all a little surprised that we had gotten this far,” Yu said. “We lost a lot of seniors last year, but our new additions have more than made up for their absence and brought a new uniqueness to our team that we were lacking in previous years.”

Much of the Falcons’ success can be attributed to their style of play and teamwork, Yun said. The team focuses on fast, strong attacks with an emphasis on possession, all while maintaining a solid wall of defense led by senior goalkeeper John Becker.

The team played its final game on Feb. 16 against Fremont. The Firebirds are the only team that has defeated the Falcons.

“With such a great start, it’s important that we can continue this as we head into playoffs and CCS,” Sajwan said. “Maybe we can even win CCS, but for now we will maintain hopeful and continue training with everything we’ve got.”

Due to printing deadlines, the Falcon was unable to cover games against Milpitas, Gunn and Fremont on Feb. 13, 14 and 16 in this print edition.


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