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Varsity boys soccer falters against Santa Clara in 2-4 defeat

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Alison Yang
Forward Saahil Herrero (11) intercepts a Bruins pass at the start of the first half. The Bruins scored twice to open the game.

Varsity boys soccer lost to Santa Clara in a 2-4 bout at Davis Field on Dec. 15.

The Eagles opened the match slowly, with the Bruins taking advantage and maintaining possession for most of the first half. The Bruins scored twice in close succession following multiple shots on goal at the game’s start. Ten minutes before the first half ended, captain and midfielder Jack Yang (12) scored a penalty kick, bringing the score to 1-2.

In the second half, the teams traded fouls and possession as defender Ryan Barth (12) raised the score to 2-2 off an assist from forward Ryder Hewitt (10). The Bruins scored yet again with 30 minutes left in the second half. 

The Eagles chased and attempted thwarting Santa Clara’s continuous attacks. Emotions rode high both on and off the field as players became more physical in contest for the ball. The Bruins managed to break the Eagles’ defense and score again, but Harker failed to reciprocate for the remaining 15 minutes of the game. As the captain, Jack emphasizes the importance of maintaining composure and teamwork.

“You can’t get hot-headed and then shout at players,” Jack said. “That introduces cracks into the team, and you have to gel the team together. Obviously, I want to try and win as much as I can, but even if we don’t, just having fun on the field is the most important thing.”

During their practices, head coach Ryan Masch emphasizes moving as a cohesive unit. Pressing up and down the field together allows the team to create more chances to score for each other. 

“As time passes, you go through more games and struggle and win together,” Jack said. “You form a bond and understand your teammates’ movements better, so you can unite and then it’s easier to defeat the other team.”

Though the Eagles are starting the season off with a string of losses, team members remain optimistic. Masch looks forward to increasing the frequency of effective collaborations like Ryan and Ryder’s goal. 

“Getting into the swing of things is going to take some time,” Masch said. “As we continue to play with each other, we’re making sure we are getting  work together and staying in a positive mindset.”

The Eagles hold a 1-5 record, and will play against Menlo on Friday.

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Alison Yang, Co-A&E and Lifestyle Editor
Alison Yang (11) is the co-arts and entertainment and lifestyle editor for Harker Aquila and the Winged Post, and this is her third year on staff. Alison is looking forward to getting to know more people and working on photography. She also likes to hang out with her cat Schrödinger, play Russian Fishing 4 and watching bad movies.
Young Min, Co-A&E and Lifestyle Editor
Young Min (11) is the co-arts and entertainment and lifestyle editor for Harker Aquila and the Winged Post, and this is her third year on staff. Young hopes to build more connections within the journalism team and attend more school related events. In her free time, Young enjoys to dance, listen to music and read books.
Felix Chen, Co-News Editor
Felix Chen (11) is the co-news editor for Harker Aquila and the Winged Post, and this is his third year on staff. Felix hopes to diversify this year's news coverage and work with members of the staff from all grades, contributing to the creation of a tight-knit community with a joy for journalism. He enjoys writing and reading of all sorts in his free time.

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