Girls Varsity Soccer Loses Senior Night
February 28, 2023
On February 2, 2023, San Dimas Girl’s Varsity Soccer lost to Charter Oak, 1-0, on their senior night. Not only was it the Saints’ senior night, but this game decided who won the league title. Since the Saints lost, both teams ended with an 8-2 record, sharing the league title.
Senior Alyssa Caton, who has been a part of the program for 2 years, states, “Before the game, I was pretty emotional with it being my last ever home game. I think hearing my name being announced as a senior, really hit me hard that this was it.” Alyssa, along with Ryenn Zerbel, Savana Marroquin, Cythnia P, and Amanda, were the 5 seniors apart of the girl’s 2022-2023 varsity team. Since this was their last home game, you could tell there were plenty of nerves and emotions involved.
The Saints won the coin toss and determined which goal they were going to attack first. San Dimas kicked off, and the first half was underway, setting an intense tone for the night. The first half was very defensive, and both the Saints and the Chargers were playing very physically. There was no score until 20 minutes into the first half, when the refs called a penalty on the Saints, awarding the Chargers with a penalty kick. Charter Oak drilled the PK into the back of the net and the score became 1-0, with the Saints trailing going into halftime.
During halftime, the San Dimas coaches were fired up coming off of a questionable call from the refs, leading to them being down to Charter Oak.
Going into the second half, the game picked up right where it left off, which was a very intense and physical game. The Saints were firing on all cylinders defensively, but could not put together any good shots on goal. “During the game, it started to become overwhelming and frustrating when we were losing,” senior, Savana Marroquin. With nothing working on offense and Charter Oak controlling the pace of the game, the girls looked frustrated. The clock winded down and the Chargers defeated the Saints 1-0.
After the game, senior Ryenn Zerbel states, “It was definitely an experience to lose my senior night. Our Senior night was a very competitive game, and I knew it was going to be our last game. I was happy with my performance, so losing wasn’t the worst thing.” With it being their last year playing high school soccer, it was a very emotional ending. “After, it was bittersweet because it was sad to lose, but I was glad that all my friends and family came out to support me,” said Senior Savana Marroquin.
Overall, the girls had a great season and made their last year of high school soccer one to remember.