Taking on the soccer team

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Ariann Chavez (center) running the ball down the field with his team mates. Photo taken by Cassie Westfall.

Ariann Chavez (center) running the ball down the field with his team mates. Photo taken by Cassie Westfall.

Ariann Chavez (center) running the ball down the field with his team mates. Photo taken by Cassie Westfall.

Erica Addington, Writer

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Highland high school’s boys Varsity soccer team went against Valparaiso high school on August 26 at home, getting their first win of the season and ending the game with a score of 1-0. Having not won a game in the season yet made this win a very important one for the team.

“Personally it feels good to have that first win under our belts because it gives us that source of relief that we are capable of not only competing against other schools, but knowing that we are able to win against the bigger schools around us,” Anthony Magallon, grade 12, said about the team’s victory.

Varsity Coach Mark Tanis also agreed that this game was a good win to give the boys confidence.

“I knew they were capable of competing with anyone in the area if they work hard enough. Valparaiso is a good team and this should give the guys confidence moving forward,” Tanis said.

Along with this being the team’s first win of the season, it was also the team’s first game having two additional players back. Senior Ariann Chavez just recently came back from basic training for the National Guard, making this his first eligible game.

“It feels pretty dang good for it to be the first win and my first game back. I was a little doubtful but also very hopeful and I knew I had to put my trust into my teammates if I wanted to be effective as a player,” Chavez said.

Junior Anders Schoueorg is a foreign exchange student, making this his first appearance at a game. Schoueorg had a successful first game, scoring the goal that made Highland win.

“Having Chavez and Schoueorg eligible to play against Valparaiso allowed me to change up the starting lineup and solidify the team,” Tanis said. He went on to say how pulling back midfielders to play defense and putting Chavez and Schoueorg as midfielders gave them the chance to hold the ball and attack from the back.

Both Evan Hess and Magallon also agreed that having their teammates back really helped change the game and make it different from the others.

Tanis believes that the team will continue to improve and get better as the younger players get more experience and the team continues to grow as a whole.

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