by Montana Morgan
Boys soccer is looking to start the year with big wins against some tough schools. The team faces challenging opponents including Flintridge and Pasadena Poly from the Prep League, as well as Peninsula.
To beat these consistently strong teams, the players are focusing more on their integrity as a team. “Each of our members is really talented and good at the position he plays. But what I think we could do better is play as a team. We need to do more passing and communicating,” says senior Saagar Shah.
The team will have to use these new tactics to compensate for the loss of their talented seniors from last year. The team also lost their backup goalie Kyle Ulman.
“We feel like those holes can be easily filled,” said senior Jacob Li. “There will be a lot of new freshman and people moving up from JV this year.”
“The team definitely looks a lot better this year. Last year was more of a transition period. Now with everyone so much older and with a lot more experience, we expect great things,” said Li.
Li states a modest motto on the team’s success thus far. “We don’t make resolutions, just reservations,” said Li.
The team’s hopes for the season are summed up by junior Jim Simmons, “Why would I walk on the field if I expect to lose?”
by Katherine Richardson
The girls soccer team kicked off their season on unsteady legs, but their progress has been slowly gaining momentum. The group this year consists of 21 girls, all part of one big varsity team.
The girls’ coach, Luis Morales, said, “We still have six starters out because of injuries or club soccer activities. But it has still been great to see these girls work together and overcome obstacles.”
The team first played Banning and won 1-0, with junior Jessica Hale scoring the only goal of the game. Next, the team played El Segundo High School, where sophomore Miranda Conlon scored a well-needed point, tying the match 1-1.
In the past two years, the soccer team has made it to CIF quarterfinals, and the girls hope to do it again this year.
“They have played hard every game so far. There are a couple of girls that have not played soccer before, but they are doing their best to adapt to the game at this level,” said Morales.
Merging JV and varsity teams has allowed younger players to interact with the soccer veterans and learn the game quickly.
“I, personally, feel like I really improve a lot by playing with such amazing soccer players,” said Conlon.
The Chadwick girls look forward to an amazing season, planning on delivering for Chadwick. “With our fun traditions and team spirit, we’re playing our best in every game,” said senior Lisha Kim.