Boys soccer is off to a great start. Santa Barbara High School tied Moorpark 2-2 and beat St. Francis 3-2 and look to improve to 1-0-1 after facing Buena at home on Thursday 12/3. After losing D1 triplets, the Goodman brothers, who graduated last year along with many other strong players, the Santa Barbara boys soccer look to fill their presence in this upcoming season. This includes sophomore Walker Jensen who was praised by Coach Alcaraz.
Girls soccer had a slow start, losing their first two games. Similar to boys soccer, girls soccer lost around 15 seniors, and the effect of losing team leaders may hurt the girls soccer team. The team looks to fill leadership roles with up and coming stars. Junior Augustine Wooten was asked how she thinks her team’s success will be this year, and said “I think our team has a lot of skill and everyone gets along and wants to win, so the more we play we will continue to grow as a team”.
Santa Barbara boys soccer claimed the Division 1 title in 2018, behind D1 goalie Ben Roach who got a scholarship offer to UCSB. Last year the Dons had a decent run in CIF but after losing Cason Goodman (now attending UC Davis), Luke Goodman (now attending UC Davis), and Barrett Goodman (now attending Western Washington), the team has some big shoes to fill. Junior Jesus Miranda has done a great job scoring a goal in both of their games, as well as freshman goalie Samuel Ceballos.
Santa Barbara girls soccer lost in second round of CIF to Flint Ridge Prep last year and after losing 15 seniors, a younger generation of players must step up. After starting off the season to an 0-2 start, the Dons are looking for a comeback to finish the season.
SBHS playing strong during their first league game at home Thursday 12/8. [Image Credit:James Sanchez]