LAUREN RULLO & ASHLEY BENTSEN
Oceanside girls varsity soccer is readily preparing for another terrific season. After making it to the finals last year the girls finished 16th in the state. There are plenty of questions entering the new season. Does Oceanside girls varsity soccer have what it takes to make it to the playoffs again? Do Nikki Bermudez and Michelle Lomoz have the power to lead their team to victory? And do the underclass an have what it takes to step up in place of the talent lost last year?
“Our team is really close,” said junior defender, Grace O’rourke. Oceanside’s soccer team is known in their division for playing at a high level, but this season has been about training hard and setting the team up for an even brighter future.
Since the girls spend 12-14 hours a week rigorously practicing and perfecting themselves as players, they definitely deserve the attention they receive. “Hard work pays off,” said Center-mid, Alexa Mihale.
“We’re naturally in a rebuilding stage. Hopefully the better players balance off the depth that we lost from last year. The outlook for this year is we remain competitive and that we naturally advance into the playoffs when the time comes and do as well as we did in past years”, said Coach Winchester.
There is a strong value in playing to one’s best potential on the team, and despite playing in a tough conference, OGVS keeps their heads held high and pushes on with overflowing confidence. Playing on the team since her freshman year, senior and captain, Nikki Bermudez, has witnessed all that has gone throughout each season. “Every year the team bonds more and more. Not only do we support each other on the field, but also outside of the sport. We are all friends in and out of school and love hanging out. I think this year the team gels especially well, and we are looking at a great season to come.” The 28 players this year are all ready to put fourth their potential on the field and bring OGVS to playoffs.
“I’m really excited to play with these girls and have a season that I will remember for years. We play as a unit and a family, there is no other group of girls I would rather play with everyday after school and at every game” said senior and captain Michelle Lomoz.
Between their countless pasta parties, and weekend hangouts, the girls developed a chemistry that they believe will allow them to mesh well in the game. With the right formulas on the field, the girls are dependent upon their communication and bond to lead them to success.
“This is a team I will remember forever.”, said sophomore Jamie Mecca. No matter what the outcome of the remainder of their season is, the Oceanside Girls Varsity Soccer team, has become a strong, tight-knit group. Through their hard work, determination, and confidence, the girls have ensured a rewarding season to come!