Joscan’s angels

Matthew Goldshmidt, Staff Writer

With the winter sports season coming to an end, we take a look at how the varsity soccer season panned out. The team had a strong season, with a winning record of 10-9-3, and just missed out on a chance to clinch the league and finish first by a meager point. The preseason started slow, as key player, Rodrigo Duran, was sidelined due to international rules that required him to wait a month before he was able to play. With multiple injuries and many players away on other athletic duties, the squad was very thin and substitutions were rare. The preseason tournament ended 1-3 in a poor showing.

As players started returning from other commitments and the team started to gel, results began to pick up. Victories against High Tech San Diego and Calvin Christian sandwiched losses to El Cajon Valley and bitter rival Francis Parker, yet positive elements began to show in the team’s play. The league season started strong with three consecutive victories, including a close-fought win against the eventual winners of the league, Escondido Charter. The following match was controversial, to say the least, because, as some might say, a lunatic refereed the match. In this matchup, wherein Country Day slumped to a dull draw against Classical Academy, three red cards were given out for soft challenges, including two to Country Day and one to Classical Academy. This meant that in the next match against Guajome, Country Day would be without seven starters. This was because the hearing to rescind the red cards only occurred the day following what was just the fourth league match of the season. A run of four consecutive wins led the Country Day team, captained by junior Zach Engfelt, back atop the leaderboards. A tough loss to second-placed Escondido Charter followed, meaning that Country Day fell down to second. Country Day finished the season off well, with perhaps their best performance of the year coming in what ended up being the last match of the season. Despite playing like the angels that assistant coach, Joscan, wanted them to, the team narrowly missed out on playoffs and the season came to a close.