Young talent strengthens girls’ soccer

By Michael Aronson

With the loss of talented seniors, the girls’ varsity soccer team is looking to freshmen to fill the graduates’ shoes.

“[Younger players] will be very important,” Head Coach Richard Simms said. “We have ended up taking five freshmen on the team, which is the most we’ve had in my time here at the school. Whether or not they can handle the pressure and play at the varsity level will really be a driving factor of our season.

Chloe Casteneda ’15, Brianna Gazmarian ’15, Catherina Gores ’15, Tiffany Guerra ’15 and Courtney O’Brien ’15, were named to the varsity team.

Cami Chapus ’12, Danielle Duhl ’12 and Reba Magier ’12 are poised to take leadership roles on the team after the loss of older players.

Duhl was the team’s second leading scorer last season with 14 goals, behind Katie Speidel ’11, who tallied 21 goals. This season, Duhl looks to take on the leading scoring role with Speidel now at Santa Clara University.

Last season, the girls won their first 13 games and won 14 of 21 total games, but they were shutout 4-0 by Santa Margarita in the second round of CIF playoffs.

“I think last year we peaked too early in the season,” Simms said. “We are going to try and focus on taking our time and allowing our younger players to get experience to hopefully peak at the end of the year.”

The team will begin its season on Nov. 30 against Palisades.

Last year, the high-powered matchup between the two ended in a 1-1 tie.