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Soccer loses 1-2 in season finale

Boy’s soccer competed in their final match of the season last night, losing 1-2 to Evergreen HS. The loss meant that they are not able to continue on to playoffs, though the season most certainly wasn’t in vain.

Evergreen scored the first point with 28 minutes remaining in the first half, partly thanks to their experience as a state championship team. The Lions matched their gameplay in the second half much better, scoring right after Evergreen’s second point.

“In the second half we really put a lot of pressure on them and when we did that we really looked dangerous and got them back on their heels. Thats how we got back into the game at the end there,” said Coach Montgomery.

But there was more to this game than just a lost opportunity to go to playoffs. It was also senior night, and the last game for all the seniors of the team. One senior, defender Deagan Malloy has been playing soccer since he was seven.

“I’ve been playing club [soccer] since I was seven, but once I hit high school I stopped playing club, so this was my last game of soccer,” said Malloy. “It was a great group of kids, I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

The lost chance at playoffs notwithstanding, the team and coaches are happy with how the season went this year. Obviously there’s always the need to get better at the game, and no player can ever master beyond the need to keep working.

“They really played together as a team,” said Coach Montgomery. “I’m really proud the way they played this season.”

Defender Nate Schwarz (center), with Defender Bryan Sirner (left), and Midfielder Alexis Valles (right)

Defender Nate Schwarz (center), with Defender Bryan Sirner (left), and Midfielder Alexis Valles (right)

Midfielder Alexis Valles

Midfielder Alexis Valles

Coach Montgomery talks with the team at half time

Coach Montgomery talks with the team at half time

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