The boys’ soccer program is preparing for a rewarding season as the majority of the players have been playing together on a fall club team.
After being defeated byNorthMontereyCountyin the first round of CCS, the team has two goals in mind.
“The main goal is to win the league this year,” junior Preston Evers says.
“We are the team to beat, both talent and chemistry wise,” senior goalie Bryan Palafox adds.
Besides winning league, all players on the team agree that the year would not be successful ifCarmeldoes not earn a spot in the CCS playoffs.
In order earn a spot in CCS, the team agrees thatCarmelmust defeat both Stevenson andSoledad, as these teams pose the biggest risk to their MTAL title.
“This year, of all years, is our best chance to succeed in CCS and even reach the championship,” senior Kes Harper says.
“Our goals are to strengthen all the fundamentals we have built on, gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the team unit and to finish in a playoff position,” head coach Ash Vashanji says.
The program has only lost three seniors and still contains strong leadership from both seniors and juniors.
With the core of the team still remaining from last year,Carmelsoccer is chasing the school’s second ever MTAL title.