Like the boys’ team, the girls soccer program competed in the San Gorgonio Tournament at the end of last week. The girls would finish third place.
They opened the tourney with a 2-1 victory over Bloomington High School. Kaylee Hauck and Andi Hanjie led the scoring for the Wolves.
Rancho Cucamonga, who would go on to eventually take the tournament title defeated King in the second game but the Wolves played well, losing by a slim 0-1 margin.
The girls rebounded with a 1-0 win over Yucaipa, but then lost to Claremont which put them in the third-place game where they defeated Brea Olinda to earn the third-place prize for the tournament.
Freshmen Kaylee Hauck and Samanth Patten were the scorers in that final game, each with a goal to win 2-0.
Coach Smith was impressed with the attitude of his players. “The girls came away from each loss, proud of their effort and feeling that they could do better against (their opponent) if they were given the opportunity to play them again.” Indeed, the educational component of high school athletics is a big reason for suiting up in the first place.
“I feel like we are starting to come together as a team and it shows on the field” said senior captain, Abby Najera.
Smith was happy with the team’s showing in the tournament. “We played five games in three days and started a lineup with four freshmen.” he said. “I feel that the girls are growing closer as a team ad this will help them as we head into our last month of league play.
To navigate that competitive month that starts tomorrow, Smith noted that the team will continue to grow in playing with trust on the field. “When we share the ball and are committed to getting everyone involved in the game, we can compete with anyone” he said.
At 6-6-4, the girls have now exceeded the four wins the program had all of last season. And while third-place is never the goal, the growth they’ve made over last season has to feel pretty good.