High school soccer returns after a year of absence

BOYS SOCCER RETURNS: The boys secured their first win of the 2021 season at Laguna Hills. Faith Haas/Triton Times

Owen Simler | Writer

March 22, 2021

After more than a year with no high school soccer, Varsity boys and girls soccer has returned. New guidelines have been set in place allowing for sports to return aft an erupted  end to their season last year. 

The boy’s and girl’s teams both had very limited time to get their teams ready. They went through very brief tryouts, limited practice, and no preseason in order to get ready for their actual season. With limited play chemistry, both teams faced challenges going into their first games. “Definitely wasn’t our best game, we got some concepts to get back down after the long break,” senior Kai Burleson said. “It feels like none other though to get back on the field with the team again though.”  

The boy’s season started on Thursday, March 18. Their first opponent was Laguna Hills High School on the road. After a long hard fought game, San Clemente High School came out victorious with their first win with a final score of 4-0. 

AFTER A CRUSHING LOSS in the final rounds of CIF last year, the boys are ready for redemption. Faith Haas/Triton Times

The girl’s season started on Tuesday, March 16 where they also played on the road at Dana Hills High School. The girls battled it out and through great offense and even better defense, they won their first game 2-0. 

After being isolated for almost a year, many students are able to break outside of their home and reach out to long lost teammates and friends. “I am really happy to get closer with others I normally wouldn’t talk to,” senior Makena Viera said. “We always become so close and always support one another during the season.” 

While these new guidelines do allow games to take place, there is a limit on fans. These new guidelines do state that for each player on the field, they have a limit of two guests per game. This essentially means that there will only be about forty people at each game to ensure social distancing. 

The most important thing about soccer returning is that the players are able to return back on the field. This is a huge deal for seniors especially, who have not had the pleasure of a Homecoming, football games, or a winter formal. With soccer returning and many other sports and restrictions being lifted, our lives are slowly creeping back to normality. 

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