After a season with both highs and lows, the boys team finished with an overall record of 5-11-2 and a league record of 2-4-2.
The team concluded their season at Laguna Hills on Thursday, Feb. 6. They lost with a score of 1-3. Junior Bryce Allen scored the team’s only goal of the match.
In their final home match of the season, the team lost to Tesoro with a score of 2-1 on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Senior Michael Bogdonovich commented on the game, stating that “scoring a goal on my senior night in front of my whole family” served as one of his favorite experiences while on the team.
The team traveled to Aliso Niguel on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and lost to the Wolverines with a score of 0-2
On Friday, Jan. 24, the team traveled to Tesoro and tied their opponents with a score of 3-3. Fox had a productive game offensively, scoring two goals. Sophomore Oscar Martinez also contributed to the team’s offensive efforts by scoring one goal.
Following the conclusion of league, the players reflected on the season. Senior Colton Fox commented on how the program impacted him as an individual as well as some of his favorite memories while being on the team: “The soccer program has taught me that hard work always pays off and I have also met some lifelong friends through the program. My favorite memory is beating San Clemente in penalty kicks and playing alongside my brothers in CIF.”
Giving his thoughts on what how he benefited from being on the team, Senior Austin Aldujaili stated,“I’ve made a lot of long lasting friendships with teammates and been able to develop as a person both on the field, through my playing skills, and off the field, through my own personal growth.”
Despite some individual achievements, the team struggled this season, finishing with a overall record of 1-4-7 and a league record of 0-4-4.
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the team lost to Aliso Niguel 1-3. Despite the negative result, Senior Emma Reynolds expressed,“It felt amazing to be able to score for Dana on senior night and in my last game. The goal was a great team effort. It will definitely be sad leaving my teammates as we were all really close this year.”
After losing 0-3 in the first meeting against San Clemente, the team bounced back the second go around and tied the Tritons 1-1 on Monday, Feb. 3. Junior Anna Moreno scored the team’s only goal of the game.
Senior Caitlyn Ferguson commented on the team’s improvements, remarking, “We worked as more of a unit and had less individual play. Our first game they scored a very unlucky goal which sent us in a downward spiral. In our second game against SC we knew they were coming out strong since it was their senior night but all of us were hyped to get our revenge. We scored halfway through the first half after our goalie made some big saves keeping us in the game. Second half San Clemente scored off of a free kick, but we worked very hard all game not allowing them to take home a W.”
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the team tied Tesoro with a score of 0-0.
After season, the seniors on the team gave their thoughts on what they took away from the program. Senior Jordan Millington stated, “Dana soccer has taught me how to manage time more wisely, and it has taught me the value of hard work as well as how to commit to something even when things don’t necessarily go your way.”
Senior Eve Roche developed many news skills as a member of the team. She claimed, “I definitely learned how to manage my time wisely and how to encourage my teammates on and off the field.”
Senior Taylor Poland spoke about her experience as both a new student at Dana as well as playing the role of keeper. “I moved to Dana my junior year, and I wasn’t sure playing for the high school team was something I wanted to do, but playing for this team has been one of the greatest experiences. I’m the goalie, and a lot of times, it can be really stressful since we play really good teams like San Clemente and Aliso, but I’ve always felt that I could rely on my teammates, especially in the back. There’s so many times Karley or Ferg (Caitlyn Ferguson) have had my back and have come in clutch in important plays & games. Sometimes it’s hard because we will have to try to come back from being down a goal, but the team is special in the sense that they really do give it their all. I’ve really loved playing Dana soccer, these girls are something else. As cheesy as it sounds, it really is a family.”
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