By Rafael Villalobos, Staff Writer
The Verbum Dei soccer teams will play their first away games on November 16, 2018, against Don Bosco Tech at Don Bosco Tech High School, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd, Rosemead; Junior Varsity will play at 1:30 P.M. and Varsity will take the field at 3:00 P.M.
“This will be a very competitive game,” said Oscar Rosa, head coach. Although Verbum Dei has lost two years in a row against the infamous Bosco Tech merely by one point, Rosa said, Verb should put up a good fight and prevail not only in this game but in the season.
The Verb soccer team is entering the season with intentions of winning the Santa Fe League championship and playing beyond the second round of playoffs. The devastating lost in the second round of playoffs last year and the year prior have forced the players to change not only their mindset but their formation from a defensive 4-4-2 diamond to an offensive 3-2-3-2.
Although Verbum Dei’s intentions are to secure the game, the complications of only having one goalkeeper leaves the team concerned for its future. Jonathan Ayala, the returning Junior Varsity goalie, now has the responsibility of stepping up to the net and performing to his fullest potential; however, returning senior Ricardo Guevara seems to be optimistic about the situation.
“It will be our first game of the preseason, so it will be a learning experience for the whole team that we should not depend on a goalkeeper to stop every shot the other team takes,” said Guevara. “We all have to do our part and work as a unit. It all starts with communication. As for the JV team, they will have to find somebody who will step up and fill-in that position Jonathan once played. Overall, I have a good feeling about this game coming up and the season we are about to begin.”