Girl’s Soccer Kicks off Their Season

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Number 11 races to the ball at a game in the Fowler tournament.

Diana Garza, Co-Sports Editor

Selma High girls varsity soccer team is optimistic and excited to see what the future has in store this season.  November 22 and 23 marked the start of the season with the Lemoore Tournament, placing third at the event out of 16 teams.  Following the tournament are games against CVC, Kingsburg, and Dinuba with more upcoming games further into the season. 

The team’s goal this season is to be Valley Champions. 

“It will be tough, but I have faith that with this group of girls it is within our reach,” praised Coach Zamora. “We just have to stay focused, come out and work hard, and get better each day.”

Coach Zamora has been coaching at Selma High for five years as an assistant coach.  As of last year he took over the program. Based off the girls performance at the Lemoore Tournament, Coach Zamora has confidence in the team. 

“Out of four games,” Zamora said, “we only allowed one goal, which I was most proud about.” 

As for the team, the players can all agree that communication and steadiness is the key to secure success this season. With a strong bond and attitude of togetherness, the girls believe they can go far this season. 

“As a team we need to work on communication, creativity, and movement of the ball,” explained junior Brianna Portillo, the team’s goalie.“Once we get all that nailed down I feel that our team can take on anyone.” 

Portillo recognizes that communication is vital in soccer.  Due to quick thinking and a never ending rendition of plays, soccer demands paced actions.

“We need to work on developing plays and staying in tempo with the game,” says senior Anela Zamora who plays center mid.  

Because the game is ever evolving and never predictable, soccer is an in the moment sport.  Players must be aware and present at all times. 

“What I enjoy most about soccer is the rush of the game and how your creativity of plays is limitless,” said junior Sofia Orosco.  

She plays right wing as well as right back, and explains that soccer is an action, reaction sport.  

The team shares an undying love for the game, ultimately bringing coaches and players together.  The girl’s and their coach have a certain resilient mindset this season, opening possibilities for a resolution of Valley Champs.