The Lady Moors’ varsity soccer team began their first league season game on Jan. 14 with a 2-1 victory against the Schurr Spartans. Finishing their preseason with a record of 7-2-1, they currently hold an undefeated 3-0 record in league.
The girls are optimistically awaiting their upcoming games. After finishing second last year behind Bell Gardens, they are working hard to finish the season as league champs.
“We finished the pre-season really strong, and after our first league game, I can see the team finishing on top,” sophomore center midfielder Casey Moore said.
According to the team and Head Coach Armando Gutierrez, one of the best ways for the team to keep up their undefeated record in league is for the girls to avoid injuries. It was advised by the coach that the best way to avoid injuries is to warm up and stretch during practice.
“We try to take every precaution in order to avoid injury, but sometimes it is inevitable,” Gutierrez said.
With high expectations this year, the team is working hard during practice, analyzing strategies, finding solutions for their mistakes, and working together on the field. The girls keep in shape by practicing on their speed, endurance, stability, communication, footwork, defence and offence; Gutierrez has expressed that the team’s greatest challenge is staying mentally tough.
“The team must stay and work together in order to complete our goals. I expect all the girls to work as an all girls professional team. [However]I am very pleased with numbers right now,” Gutierrez said.
Due to the poor air quality, caused by the Glendora fire, the team’s second league game against Bell Garden was postponed to Jan. 21 at Moor Field. The game ended with a score of 2-1.
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