By: Noah Lazers and Emmy Kuni
As a team with many seniors, the BHS girls’ soccer team had high hopes for winning the Division II Central Coast Sectional Bracket. A bout of successful games in the beginning of the season showed much promise and gave the seniors hope for finishing their high school soccer careers on a high note. The team advanced far, but unfortunately, the streak ended at the CCS Semi-Finals, leaving the Panthers with a strong record of 8-3-3 for the 2015-2016 season.
The demanding game against Sacred Heart Preparatory took place on March 2 at Burlingame High School. Fresh off a win on February 27 that qualified them for the first round of CCS, the girls’ soccer team was ready to compete. A determined effort was shared by the whole team, with both junior Sophia Bonk and senior co-captain Kelsey Andrews playing especially hard. The two goals that BHS scored came from senior co-captain Alexis Prieto and junior Haley Crowell, who had the help of senior Mackenzie Schoustra. Despite a strong performance from freshman goalie Julia Maxwell and other combined efforts of BHS players, SHP was able to overtake them and won the game with a final score of 4-2.
“[The game] meant the world to me. I just wanted to win not just for me, but for the team. I just wanted it for these girls. I’m just so proud of them,” Prieto stated.
Amidst their disappointment, this team maintains great expectations for next year’s team. With graduating seniors making up such a large percentage of their team, it is difficult to speculate on how girls’ soccer will perform next year when it comes time to qualify for CCS again.