Holtville High School Soccer Hard At Work During The Holiday Break
By Luis Burgos
Despite being Christmas break, Holtville High’s soccer teams were hard at work during practice on Tuesday morning. The JV team is especially focused, since they will have their first season game on January 3rd. Returning as JV coach is Gerardo Lara, counting on assistant coaches Refugio Torres and Gerardo Lara Jr.
“We’re doing good so far. Competition during the preseason is usually not that tough. Our first game is right after break is over on January 3rd. This year we have a good crop of young freshmen, which usually doesn’t happen,” said Coach Gerardo Lara.
The team is hopeful that they will go far during the season, as reaffirmed by JV midfielder Andre Escamilla, “We should win our first game, and we aim to improve as a team overall by the end of the season,” he said.
Coach Lara has his sights set on being a competitive force in the league despite HHS being one of the smallest schools. “When your school has around 500 students, while all other schools have 1000 plus, it can be hard to compete. Despite this, I want the team to compete with every team they meet. Calexico will be particularly tough, but we aim to win all of our games,” Coach Lara said.
Every team has a goal which they hope to accomplish, and the JV soccer team is no different “We want to be number one in personal discipline, which in turn allows the team’s level of skill to improve, such as learning how to play as a team more efficiently.
Teamwork and discipline are skills that definitely find themselves being useful even outside of soccer, so I make it my goal to emphasize it on my players,” affirmed Coach Lara.
He continued, “As far as promising young players go, Francisco Chavez, Ricardo Iñiguez, and Edwin Partida, the captain, have surfaced this year.”
As far as boys’ varsity, the season looks promising for defender Christian Queriapa and midfielder Nick Torres.
“We’re 7-1-1 in the preseason, we won the West Shores tournament undefeated. The season looks pretty bright,” said senior Torres.
Nine games in the preseason provided the team with many tense, clutch moments.
“A noteworthy game was our match versus Preuss. Our communication on the pitch was spot-on and the team effort was perfect. We came back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime,” said junior Queriapa.
The season for both JV and Varsity soccer starts on January 3rd.