Sports: Bosco Soccer Seeks To Finish Season Strong After Slow Start
by Ian Cook
The 2021-2022 St. John Bosco Soccer Team led by David Sabet will be concluding their regular season with only five games left to play and looking to get hot to make a run at making the playoffs and winning another CIF championship.
The Braves hold a current overall record of 9-10-2, with a Trinity League record of 0-4-1. Bosco was only able to play 11 games last year and have a brief season due to Covid-19. However, this year they have been able to play 21 games thus far and will continue to play more by following the healthy and safety protocols ordered by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
“We went 1-8-2 last year and were only able to play Trinity League teams, this year we are on the verge of making the playoffs and hopefully being able to get to where we were in 2019 and bring it home (a championship),” said senior goalkeeper Jacob Rivera.
The Braves ended up tying against the “Team in Red” 1-1, and were beaten on the road against JSerra, Santa Margarita, and Orange Lutheran. They were also defeated by a nationally ranked Servite.
Although the Braves have not had the upperhand to start Trinity League play with the majority of their games being on the road, they still have been able to use some of their key players, who are veterans of the team and able to make a major impact.
“Christopher Morales and Felipe Moreno have been able to make us a force on offense and with Issac Bercerra as our leader. Ivan Orozco as one of our better defenders, I think our season will have a good ending,” said senior defender Andres Zepeda.
Within the next few weeks, there will be many key home games for the Braves, including JSerra, Orange Lutheran and Santa Margarita. These games will be a huge factor in determining whether the Braves will make the playoffs, and if so, where they will be seeded.
“These games won’t be easy, especially since we lost to all three of those teams on the road. I think they’re going to have more momentum thinking they can come in here and beat us. But, I know our guys have a chip on their shoulder and still have a lot to prove,” said sophomore Ignacio Fonseca.
Bosco soccer has had a very successful season in their eyes, regardless of what the critics think.
“Of course our goal is to win every match, but we still want to continue to build young men and have future players come through this program knowing they grew physically and mentally,” said coach Christian Quintero.
The Braves have been able to defeat Pomona High School, Woodrow Wilson, La Habra, St. Anthony, San Juan Hills, Fountain Valley, Trabuco Hills and Laguna Hills thus far.
Coming off a 4-0 loss to Servite, the Braves next game is against the Team in Red, at Mater Dei High School, on Friday, January 21 at 5:00 p.m.