Boys’ Soccer Falls Short Against Los Altos

* Update 1/25/16 7:21 p.m.: The game score was initially misreported, the correct score is 0-2

Varsity boys’ soccer lost its first league game against Los Altos 0-1 Wednesday, Jan. 13 at home.

Midfielder senior Dat Le, junior Dio Rendon and sophomore Alessandro Nova all made incomplete shots near the goal during the first half of the game. Center midfielder senior Daniel Dobson and forward sophomore Andrew Avila both attempted two goals and gave a total of one assist. Goalkeeper senior Ali Naeem blocked three shots attempted by the Conquerors throughout the game.

The first half consisted of seven attempts from the Mustangs, all of which were blocked by the Conqueror’s goalkeeper. Walnut increased its offense and attempted several steals, but were unsuccessful in maintaining the ball.

“We came out strong, we played the way we wanted to and we took shots but they didn’t fall for us. We started falling apart once one ball came in and it pretty much broke our spirits, which shouldn’t have happened,” Dobson said. “We could have done better finishing. We just didn’t put the ball in the back of the net. We had plenty of opportunities to do that but we didn’t, so that’s why we didn’t come out on top today.”

Los Altos attempted two consecutive shots in the first 10 minutes of the second half. During the second attempt, the Conquerors scored the first goal of the game. The Mustangs began to lack defense by losing the ball to its opponents, which resulted in another point scored by the Conquerors before the game ended.

“Offensively, we just ball-hogged and tried to steal the spotlight and not really play as a team. We weren’t talking or communicating, which was the main issue. We made a couple bad passes but they just capitalized off our lack of communication,” left wing junior Chris Ryan said. “We disappointed but we kept our heads up, since one loss doesn’t really define anything. We still have the rest of the season to improve.”

By Jessica Huang, Staff writer

Photo by Vivian Lee