Lady Cougars Putting In Work To Win

Inesja Lomax, Sports Reporter

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It starts with hard work: conditioning and lifting weights.

It ends – hopefully – with a record that includes victories on the field.

This week, a committed group of girls started scrimmaging with the goal to make each other better. This is the beginning of Lady Cougars Soccer Season.

Tryouts began Tuesday with potential players taking the Sonoma Fitness Test, a battery of task. Every participant passed.

The effort being made by players is apparent, said Girls Soccer Head Coach Gabe Padilla.

Coach Padilla is the squad’s new coach. He enters with modest expectations. He expects the team to put in the work that will lead to wins.

“I want them to be better than they were on the first day,” Padilla said.

Returning Senior Liliana Lomeli said that she is optimistic about the team’s chances to be cohesive on- and off-the-field.

“I’m looking forward [to] bonding with my teammates and making good memories because it’s my last year,” Lomeli said. “[I’m] looking forward to see how this year is going to play out.”

It will likely be an improvement compared to the 2016-2017 season. Last year, the team played many of its home games on a muddy, gopher-holed field and ended the season winless.

This year, the Lady Cougars Soccer Team is looking forward to a stronger showing that includes wins.

The soccer team will begin its season at home, 4 p.m. Nov. 27 with the varsity team taking on Millienium. Their next two contests put the squad on the road at Stagg High School on Nov. 29, and in the Sierra Tournament scheduled December 1-2. The team’s season ends in mid-February.

At this stage, the team hopes that its efforts to train and bond together as an athletic family will result in a record reflective of their preseason work.

Based on the team’s mood and outlook, Coach Padilla, said he is encouraged by what he’s seen, so far in conditioning.

“I’m looking forward to everything because the girls are making it fun and exciting,” Coach Padilla said, “so I’m looking forward to a great season.”

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