It’s Feb., which means the winter sports are in full swing, as both girls and boys soccer prepare for CCS. Both teams are superbly athletic with great chemistry that has developed with years of experience.
For the girls team, Junior Emily Smith has missed a good chunk of the season while playing for the U-17 national team. However, the Lady Longhorns have been a mismatch for almost every team that has stood in their way, going 5-0-1 to start out league play, including three shutouts en route to a first place position. Watching the lady Longhorns is impressive not only because of the size, speed, and ball handling skills they display, but also their ability to play on the same page.
Head coach Stephanie Bloom helps to create team chemistry by allowing her team to bond over activities such as sleepovers, team dinners, and creative dress up days. The result is beautiful to watch. Whether it be a great through ball from Senior Valerie Weed to one of the athletic forwards, or a corner kick cross from Senior Erica Nakano that finds the head of Senior Erin McCoy for an easy goal. The girls are ranked 9th in Prep2Prep’s current girls soccer poll. The sky’s the limit for this amazingly talented team.
For the boys, last year’s 6-6-5 record now seems like a distant memory for head coach Mario Farfan’s team, as they have cruised to the top of the BVAL Mount Hamilton league. The team is a great mixture of both seniors and juniors, with athleticism in bunches. Senior Dominic Sorich has been on a tear all season long, winning the player of the week award from San Jose Mercury News when he scored five goals and assisted two in one week. One of those games was against Branham as the Longhorns routed the Bruins 6-2. Fellow seniors Neil Aoun, Jose Valencia, and Adam Khemichi have also been hot early in the season. The Longhorns are ranked 10th in CCS according to Prep2Prep and Mario Farfan has done a great job in his first season.