Boys Varsity Soccer Battles Injuries


Chris Lekhavanija

CHS boys work together to replace a strong graduating class from last season.

Sam Eig, Reporter

With multiple starters suffering injuries and being unavailable to play, the CHS boys varsity soccer team was eliminated from the playoffs by Richard Montgomery Wednesday, Oct. 23. The Rockets and Coyotes tied during their only regular-season match-up.

Having to improvise the lineup unexpectedly, the lack of healthy players proved problematic for Clarksburg. Even once the game started, CHS faced further hardship due to more injuries. 

“I had to play defense when I normally play right attacking wing. It wasn’t the original game plan,” senior Juan Valderrama said. “Then I was ready to pass the ball, but I slipped and fell. My left arm hurt for the rest of the game.”

Although the Coyotes were unsure as to how they would adjust their lineup, they regrouped and competed during the 3-1 loss. 

Junior Jonathon Yowell said, “We fought the entire game. It just didn’t go our way.”

Despite the loss, the CHS boys varsity soccer team wasn’t without its standout performance. “Henry Sanchez really brought his A-game when playing on defense. He really put pressure on Richard Montgomery,” Yowell said.

While the season came to an end, the CHS boys feel positively about their performance as a whole. 

Senior Jaider Lopez declared, “This season was my most memorable. Playing with these guys was awesome.”

The team not only experienced social growth but also achieved competitive success during the regular season, going a respectable 6-6-1. This record comes after graduating last year’s dominant senior class.

Moving forward, the team looks to build on momentum derived from this year’s juniors. “We have a lot of rising seniors. It should set us up to be competitive next year,” Yowell explained.

Regardless of the obstacles they may face in the coming year, the CHS boys varsity soccer team doesn’t intend on giving up. 

Yowell stated, “Big things are bound to happen.”