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Boys soccer starts season with number 2 ranking

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Sebastian Martinez holding off a defender while maintaining possession of the ball.

Sebastian Martinez holding off a defender while maintaining possession of the ball.

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Photo By Jasmeen Dhother

Sebastian Martinez holding off a defender while maintaining possession of the ball.

Gavin Mancha, Staff Editor

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Senior striker Michael Arrington, freshman defender Kaleb Walker are leading the Central Grizzlies boys’ varsity soccer team  into their regular season after a strong preseason with a record of 9-2-4. Currently ranked sixth in the Division-One Central Section, they look to continue their success, starting off with a 2-2 record, and a number 2 Valley ranking.

Some of their biggest wins came early in the season against Sanger and Clovis West with scores of 5-1 and 4-1. In the game against Sanger, Arrington scored two goals followed by one from Thomas Laxon, Ryan Rosas, and A.J. Rios. But in the game against Clovis West, Arrington took center stage and put up all four goals himself.

Head Coach Raul Martin says, “One of our biggest strengths is that we do overcome adversity,” and that is tough to do with some of the top teams in league play. “At the present moment we have given up a couple more goals than expected,” explains Martin. This has put them in a tough spot, but Martin believes that’s nothing they can’t overcome.

This year’s team is currently looking to strengthen more members of their team to bolster their leading players. Junior striker Thomas Laxon says, “A main factor to the teams’ success is to play for one another and to play as a unit.” They run a formation of 4-1-4-1 which consists of four defenders, a holding midfielder (pivot), four additional midfielders and a striker which is apparently working for them with an overall record of 12-7-4

The team’s outlook for the end of the season is to post a shutout against any team they play against for the rest of the season and also to finish in the top four in Valley standings.

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