Boys’ soccer moves down a division, hopes to rebound from rough season

November 22, 2019 — by Andrew Li and Alan Zu

Coach: Chris Stott

2018-2019 season record: 0-12-1

2018-2019 season recap: The team struggled immensely after losing 18 seniors to graduation and subsequently moved down a league

Key addition: sophomore midfielder Etienne Casanova

Key matchup: Los Gatos

Star players: seniors striker Joe Bruun-Jensen, winger Brian Wu, center-back Nick Joe

Key losses to graduation: striker Owen Keogh, center-back AJ Lee

League: El Camino League

Prognosis: 

Despite struggling through the 2018 season, the team feels confident for the coming season, due to the addition of new players and the large group of returning, experienced players.

Although the team lost striker Owen Keogh and center back AJ Lee to graduation, the team feels the overall team skill has increased, since the loss was offset by the addition of sophomore midfielder Etienne Casanova, a skilled addition who has experience playing soccer on a national level. Casanova initially played for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which didn’t allow students to play for school teams; now, she plays in the National Premier League I, which allows players to join school teams.

Wu said he thinks that the team has the potential to make CCS this year,  and the league change will further the team’s performance.

“I feel confident about the season,” Wu said. “I think moving down will help, and the new additions will help a lot with the way we play and moving around the ball a lot.”

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