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Boys soccer to keep high hopes for future

Following a string of losses in the first half of the season, the Paly boys varsity soccer season ended with a tie against Santa Clara High School, rounding out their rocky season.

Throughout the semester, player morale and injuries prevented the players from performing at full capacity, resulting in 16 ties and losses.

The soccer team ended their unfortunate streak with wins against Los Gatos on Jan. 29  and Cupertino on Feb. 5, but were tied with Santa Clara High School on Feb. 19.

“We had a good end where we tied Santa Clara 0-0 and they were the number one team in the league,” senior goalkeeper and captain Jackson Druker said. “After we tied them, they dropped down to second place, so it was nice for us to knock the number one team out of the spot.”

The consecutive losses damaged the team’s spirit. Although they ultimately ended on a low note, Druker said that they began to improve as the winter season wound down.

The varsity team ended with an overall record of three wins, four ties, and 12 losses.

“At any given time, half of the roster of players on the field were from the frosh-soph team,” said sophomore Ethan Lim.

The frosh-soph players expressed their excitement over the ending season, and the prospect of joining varsity.

Anton Tompert, sophomore and frosh-soph captain said that “It started rough, but eventually got a system down and in the end it was a great experience with a greater group of guys.”

“I think there’s a lot of really skilled players on frosh-soph that definitely could (have) played for varsity this year,” Druker said. “They are really skilled players, and I have a lot of high hopes for the team next year.”

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