The Journey Through Playoffs


Celeste Mariscal, Feature Editor/Copy Editor

The Selma High varsity boys’ soccer team reached their final end on February 21 during the loss match against Mclane with the final score of 5-1. Their league record was 2-5-1, however they were still able to participate in the CIF central section division three playoffs. It was a restart for them to take the opportunity to drive the ball all the way to the semi finals.
Playoffs began on Tuesday, February 14 with a tie against Mendota 3-3, and moving forward through the advancement of penalty kicks resulting in a win in the first round. In the quarter final on Thursday, February 16, they faced Porterville and won by a score of 2-1. Tuesday, February 21st, the varsity boys faced a rematch against the Mclane for semi finals, unfortunately, the boys came up short with the score of 5-1.
Despite this loss, the team continues to keep their head up for the next season. It has taught them the connection of one another and the work ethic they can improve on for the next generation of boys on the team.
“This season has created a long lasting family for us. We know there will always be people to have fun with and support us even outside of soccer,” stated senior varsity captain, Julian Ruiz.
The sport has become more than what is represented on the field. The bond has created a family and a genuine feeling on the field.
“Some strengths in this team would be the chemistry we have knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” said senior Edward Alvarado.
“When I step foot on the field all my worries go away and it’s pure joy. I take in the energy, the amazing atmosphere, and the adrenaline to put it all into the game,” expressed junior varsity captain Eduardo Hernandez.
Their love for the sport and chemistry hold upon their strength as a team.
“This season has been one of the toughest but also one of the most fun,” said varsity Coach Ruben. “We try to show them what it means to play for Selma, we are known for being one of the best teams in the valley both boys and girls and they should carry that with pride.”
“I was very motivated to show out for Selma especially after we had a rough part to our season so going into playoffs, we wanted to show our best side and why we deserved to be in the playoffs,” said Ruiz.
Soccer has become a part of their lives and will continue to be motivating them on to the next season. Even though it has come to an end, they acknowledge the hardwork and success they have put in throughout a successful season.