Winters soccer wins playoffs, falls short in championship

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On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Winters High School men’s varsity soccer team won their away, playoff game against University Prep by a score of 2-0 and advanced to the Championships on Saturday, Feb. 26 where they went head-to-head against Williams High School and lost by a score of 2-0.

The Warriors came ready to play during their playoff game against University Prep, putting pressure on their opponents and maintaining possession of the ball for a majority of the game.

Winters scored quickly during the first half of the game. Pedro Garcia scored for the Warriors on a free kick and Salvador Torres scored off an assist from Jacob Baker.

While Pedro and Torres were the only two players to get a ball into the net, the whole team worked extremely well together, were organized in their game play and played with a lot of aggression.

“The guys stopped any attempt U-Prep made to make a goal, winning balls in the air and reflecting any attempted shots,” said head coach Fernando Cervantes.

Christian Hernandez, Esai Garcia, Christian Hernandez and Javier Bermudez led the Warriors defensively, attacking the ball and pushing it up the field to regain possession.

The Warriors felt confident going into the championships after the win.

“We did our best to transition the same energy we had in the playoffs into the final championship game. Unfortunately, Williams was able to capitalize on the small mistakes that we made in the first half and it ended up costing us the game,” said Cervantes.

While Winters took control during the second half of the game, they couldn’t recover from the mistakes they made during the first half of the game. The Warriors weren’t attacking the ball like they have done before and couldn’t get the ball in the net, no matter how many shots they took.

“Baker was the engine for our team. He played with so much aggression and took charge on both the offense and defense, taking shots and stealing the ball to regain possession,” said Cervantes.

“We were the better team in the second half, and it’s disappointing that we didn’t take home the win but overall we played a great season,” said Cervantes.

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