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Men’s Soccer Suffers Tough Loss, Ends State Title Bid

Michael Alpuin

Michael Alpuin

Michael Alpuin, Managing Editor

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The men’s soccer team suffered a tough 2-1 loss Tuesday night against Bloomingdale.

After a win last week against Seminole High School in the Regional Quarterfinal, the men’s soccer team set their sights on Bloomingdale High School to further their journey to a state championship.

On Tuesday night, the men faced off against the Bulls in the Regional Semifinal at Death Valley Stadium.

After a strong defensive show from both teams at the beginning of the game, Bloomingdale broke through scoring the first goal.

The men’s soccer team quickly struck back with a goal by junior Alberto Rivera, knotting the game at one a piece.

After many strong offensive pushes, Bloomingdale scored the winning goal with minutes to spare in the second half.

Despite their efforts late, our men were unable to put a second goal past Bloomingdale’s keeper.

With a strong playoff push being the conclusion to the season, the Cowboys look to use this experience to their advantage in the future.

“We learned from these seniors how to succeed on the field and out. We’re going to use what we’ve learned in future years,” said junior Diego Gonzalez.

With 12 seniors on the team this year, the players and coaches believe that a foundation has been set for years to come.

“I don’t think we have to work on things, it’s just jelling the team. Keep them together as a family and that’s how the game works. Play as a unit, not as an individual and you’ll get better throughout the year,” said coach Trevor Scott.

With focus being set on having a family atmosphere, the team was propelled to succeed on and off the field.

“Family first. Always put we over me. We’ll know to bring more next year,” said junior Seth Bos.

As the conclusion to senior soccer player’s high school career, they are proud to leave the team with a district championship and a strong foundation for years to come.

“This season was the best Gaither has seen in over four years. I’m proud of my boys,” said senior Pedro Pinero.
Although this loss marks the end of a hard-fought season, it is merely the beginning of a soccer program who aims to remain a state title contender for years to come.

Cowboys end the season with a (14-3-4) record and a District Title.

Michael Alpuin

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