Senior Szymon Ryng feels that this year’s varsity soccer team is completely different from past groups. “We really feel like a team… Everyone makes each other want to work hard and tries their best to impact the team,” he said.
After last year’s lackluster 3-9 season, the varsity team is looking to bounce back. They lost some of their senior leadership from the 2015-2016 season, but they have not lost a step, and look extremely sharp in practice. Led by coach Jacob Kirschenbaum, the Panthers are excited as they begin this new campaign.
“I feel very confident about this season,” senior Ivan Alvaro said.
“Our roster looks awesome and every player is incredibly skilled.” Alvaro went on to explain how he believes that if the Panthers can improve their chemistry and communication, they should be very successful this year.
This year’s varsity team is led by a core group of seniors, but there are many players from all other grades that add important aspects to the team. Most of the team are juniors. However, many of the younger players were on the varsity team last year, so they are accustomed to the speed of the game at the higher level of varsity.
“As a team, we have great technical ability and a style of play,” junior goalkeeper Evan Glatt said.
One particular strength of the current team is their footwork and ball skills. They do not have many big players who physically dominate the game, but their quickness and coordination keep them a step ahead of their opponents. The Panthers will need to be firing on all cylinders if they want to be successful in the competitive Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division.
After a strong 4-1 win against Pajaro Valley and a dramatic 2-0 win against Palo Alto to open the season, they look to be a formidable force this year.