Valencia High School’s Boys Soccer are currently undefeated in league (10-0) to win the Empire League Championship. As of right now, the boys are 22-1-3 and are headed to the CIF playoffs as the the #1 seed in Division 2. For those unfamiliar with the process of how the boys soccer team earned their top place, there are a total thirty-two teams that compete. Among the teams, Valencia was able to be in the top three in League which has allowed them to compete in CIF playoffs. The CIF playoffs consists of five rounds to win; this contains: first round, second round, semi finals, quarter finals, and championships. Once they complete these rounds, they become hailed as CIF champions.
The team is still working hard and in a hurry to keep their performance in top shape. The adrenaline is apparent and Boys Soccer are pushing themselves for the championship game. Coach Barry Gardner is also very proud of the current progress made by the team despite several injuries and setbacks. He hopes that “this season will be better than last year.” Gardner continues the routine drills with the team and breaks down the components of each position in order for the team to work as a whole. His biggest advice to the team is “forget anything good or bad that has already happened to you. Just focus on the game at hand.”
Despite the enthusiasm, the season is not over yet for the varsity team. Their next opponent is Redondo Union High School. The next game will take place on Friday, February 16th at 5 P.M. at Bradford Stadium. After working hard towards reaching the top, Gardner and the team are expecting a good challenge from Redondo. Gardner commented that a huge celebration will be expected should Friday’s game turn in their favor.