Boys’ varsity soccer defeats Washington 3-0

Today, Jan. 31, the boys’ soccer team defeated Washington High School 3-0. Stakes were high following their prior game against Washington, in which they tied 1-1, according to team captain and senior Rodrigo Ramirez. For the team, the goal was to bring more focus, in contrast to their first game against Washington. “We were really upset with our first match against their team, so going into this second match, the coach and the team agreed we needed to play with more intensity,” Ramirez said. “As captain, I tried to bring more intensity to the game to encourage my teammates, which I think helped.” With this goal, other players like senior Jeziel Orellana felt the push and hunger to win. “We got the result we wanted for this second game,” Orellana said. “We showed the hunger for the goals,” he said.

During the first half of the game, junior Lucas Pfaffernoschke scored Lowell’s first goal. To him, the team has grown closer since their initial match against Washington earlier in the season, helping them on the field. “We’ve gotten to know each other better, and I feel like we really have bonded as a team,” Pfaffernoschke said. According to him, the team improved on their passes and taking care of the ball. “We took our time, staying with the ball and passing, unlike the last game against Washington, when they scored a late goal,” Pfaffernoschke said. 

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In the second half of the game, sophomore Matteo Delmonte and junior Hartuo Pramanik scored one goal each in the final two minutes of the game. “I’m very happy we closed out the game like that, we played until the last minute,” Delmonte said. “We were cohesive, and put up a fight until the very end.” For Pramanik, he felt the team did better in terms of “finishing,” referring to the technique of working up to score a goal. 

Looking to the future, the team wishes to continue on their path of winning, hopefully making it to the state championship. “I hope we keep it up. We lost a couple times in the first round, but we’re looking to redeem ourselves in this second round,” Pfaffernoschke said. “We’re off to a great start so far.”