Boys’ soccer hopes to improve goal scoring under returning coaches

November 16, 2015 — by Neil Rao and Deepthi Sampathkumar

Coaches: Chris Stott (head coach), Alex Booth (assistant coach)

2014 record: 5-9-4

2014 recap: Didn’t make it to CCS

Star Players: Romteen Masoumi, Kanaai Shah, Anant Rajeev, Connor Buss, Kevin Yu

Key additions: Eric Baer, Neil Rao, Keon Roohparvar

 

After a difficult season last year with a record of 5-9-4 in the El Camino Division, the boys’ soccer team is looking to make a name for itself as the winter season kicks off on Dec. 1 with a game against Los Gatos.

Despite the loss of many key players due to graduation, returning stars such as senior center-back Romteen Masoumi, senior defender Anant Rajeev, senior forward Kanaai Shah, senior midfielder Connor Buss and last year’s leading goalscorer, junior forward Kevin Yu, hope to redeem themselves.

Joining the varsity team will be sophomore defender Eric Baer, sophomore goalkeeper Neil Rao, and sophomore midfielder Keon Roohparvar.

Last season, the team adjusted to the styles of their two new coaches, Chris Stott and Alex Booth.

“[It] was a bit frantic and disorganized because [the coaches] didn’t know any of the players, but it should be better this year,” Yu said.

Stott and Booth are both experienced coaches from the competitive club De Anza Force. Instead of yelling at players for mistakes, they try to help every player improve his technical abilities, Yu said.

“I feel like with the returning varsity players and the addition of new ones will really boost this team,” Yu said. “Now that the coaches know everybody, there won't be a problem forming a team and doing well this season.”

The team is aiming to maintain their defense and improve teamwork on offense.

“Last season, we had a solid defense, but we didn't score as much as we would have liked to, which ended up hurting us in a couple of key games,” senior Kanaai Shah said.