RCHS soccer pursues playoffs
By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Program & RCHS Soccer Player
The River City varsity boys soccer team is currently in the middle of their league play. They have finished their first half of the season with a 4-0-2 record. The losses came from Consumes Oaks and Vista Del Lago.
Their goal this year is to make it to the playoffs. Coaches Kamal Singh and Jessie Melgoza constantly tell the athletes that however much effort they put into the season is how much they will get out of it. The top three teams in the division will make it into the playoffs.
On Oct. 2, River City took on Liberty Ranch. This wasn’t just any game, it was a “must win” to stay in the playoff hunt. Although Liberty hasn’t won a game yet this season they put up a fight against the River City varsity, scoring a goal in the first half at the 19-minute mark.
That goal woke up the RCHS boys, and it was nonstop attacking and pushing forward on the Liberty Ranch goal. The half ended with River City down 1-0.
Coaches Kamal and Jessie were furious with their team’s play in the first half. The coaches believed there was no good reason to be trailing to this opponent. The coaches tried a new tactic and pushed up one midfielder to the forward position which turned the formation into a 4-3-3.
In the 21st minute, Jesus Melgoza gained a foul at the edge of the box. Grabielle Munez slammed it into the net while the wall was still being prepared. The game was now 1-1.
Not too long after, Manuel Moreno took on three players in the box and hit a sneaker in between the defender and the goalie for a score, making putting RCHS up 2-1. After that goal, the coaches put back the extra forward to play defense to more safely preserve the lead. The game ended with that 2-1 lead.
On Thursday, RCHS made their record 5-0-2 against a solid El Dorado squad at home.
In the 25th minute, Tim Virgen with the assist to Manuel Moreno put the ball in the back of the net giving River City a 1-0 lead at halftime.
The coaches at halftime told the athletes that 1-0 is not enough of a lead.
Then, in the 28th minute, a corner kick taken by Jorden Wusstig put the ball in the middle of the box and Adrian Castillo gave it a great finish to give RC that cushion.
RC ended won the game 2-0, which made them another game closer to their playoff goal.
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