Boys' soccer looks for positives

January 21, 2009 — by Lyka Sethi, Tim Tsai

After a 3-1 home win against Prospect to kick-off the season, the Falcons reeled off four straight one-goal losses, going 2-1 against Yerba Buena and Homestead, and 1-0 versus Menlo and Watsonville. What once looked to be a promising season has now disappeared with a 1-7 record.

“The losses got really frustrating because we kept making simple mistakes that would cost us the games,” said senior captain striker Hoffman Hibbett. “The team didn’t communicate well even though we kept working at trying to play together during practice.”

Yet, despite its abysmal record and recent poor form, the team stands firm and refuses to lose hope.

“We had high hopes for this season, but we’re just lacking results,” said senior captain midfielder Chris Chung. “We’re still practicing really hard, and we’re going to try to turn the season around by staying positive and continuing to work hard.”

After a 3-1 loss at Lynbrook and a 4-2 loss at home against Los Altos, the team tried a new formation at Mountain View, but the tactics change led to confusion during the game and a disastrous 8-1 loss.

“We tried putting new people in different positions,” said Hibbett. “And by the time we realized our game plan wasn’t working, we were already down multiple goals.”

The team worked to work through the formation change, but the Spartans continued to add on to their big lead and overwhelmed the Falcons.

“We hadn’t practiced with the new formation enough,” said Chung. “And we used it against a team that was playing much better than we were.”

In order to bounce back from the crushing defeat, the team has set lower goals for the remainder of the season.

“We’re going to try to get back to .500 and win the rest of our league games,” said Chung. “Right now, we’re just focusing on communicating better and finishing our shots.”

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