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Rangers Back on Top For First Time Since 2011: Varsity Boys Soccer

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With a 14-3-2 overall record and 7-0 league record, Redwood’s Boys Varsity Soccer has dominated this year in hopes to bring the school their first WYL title since the 2010-2011 season.

Not only are they ranked first in league right now, but they are also ranked first in the division two standings. As of 1/16, Redwood was ranked 3rd seed for playoffs with 4.2 strength in schedule.

Redwood’s very own Alexis Cabrera, ’19, is ranked 1st in D2 and 4th in the central section for 21 goals scored so far this season, “It feels amazing, it’s about my whole team and I feel blessed to be in this position because its incredible.” He also has 5 “Player of the Game” awards this season. Cabrera said what he’s most looking forward to “beating El D again because they have a lot of cocky players and we know we’re the better team.”

Since the start of the season, the team went in with many expectations and are continue to work towards them everyday. Cabrera tells me, “Every single day in practice, we show up ready focused and listen to what coach says and work hard.” Jon Jiroudi, ‘18, with a very similar opinion says, “We organize very well and put in a lot of hard work. Our coach has been leading us in a good direction and I believe we are going to win valley this season.”

Logan Corley, ’18, said his main goal as a team is to “finish off WYL with a perfect record, a lot of shutouts at home, and hopefully get the valley title in the end.” He explains why the team has been so successful by saying, “lots of hard work, a lot of us were out there for summer league and getting together as a team, at practice we take it pretty serious getting ready for games.”

Junior captain, Brian Perez, ’19, hopes to be a leader on and off the field and create a connection with his teammates along with a brotherly bond with each player.

2016-2017 co-WYL champs El Diamante and Golden West buckled under pressure to the Rangers in recent games of the first round of league play.

Rangers won 3-2 against the Miners on January 5th, and 2-0 to the Blazers on January 9th. Brian Perez, ’19, said “it was amazing, this being the first time in a long time that we beat them both in a season, especially for our seniors who been through those tough losses against them. I feel like after those wins we really showed everyone around the league that we are a serious contender.” Corley said, “It felt good but it’s also not over yet.”

This season, the team not only gained new players who moved up to varsity, but they also received new head coach, Wes Johnson. Jiroudi says,”He’s doing a great job especially coming from the South Valley as a coach for many years and he’s putting us in the right direction at the right time…He knows where to put us and he knows where to capitalize on each one of our skills. He just knows a lot about the game and has a high soccer IQ.”

Perez’s thoughts on his new coaches are, “I feel for me personally both Coach Wes and Coach Chaz have brought new energy to the soccer program at Redwood and they have both done an amazing job with the team.”

The boys would like to thank everyone who goes out to watch and support the team at all their games despite it being very cold and late into the night. They would love to see a good size crowd at their next game on Wednesday, 1/31, where they will face off against El Diamante at home!

They will play away at Hanford West on Tuesday, 1/23, and another away game at Lemoore on Thursday, 1/25.

 

 

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