by Josh Morgan
Another season is approaching for the Las Lomas mens soccer team as they look to replicate their success from last year, where they rode a league-best defense that gave up just six goals in twelve league games on their way to being the only undefeated team in the 13-team Diablo Soccer League.
Senior forward Colby Allard knows that it will be hard to sustain that level of defense this year, but he is optimistic that they have the returning talent to do so. “Our defense, we lost Timmy, which is pretty crucial,” said Allard. “But we’ve got Saul. He’s a big guy, perfect for high school soccer.”
Bronstone agrees with Allard’s assessment on the defense. “Everyone on defense [other than Timmy] is returning. We’ve got Kirk, Joey, we’re gonna have James, Toni, or Martin. We’ve got a lot of good pieces there, so I’m not worried there.”
Bronstone also thinks the offense could play a big part in the team’s success this year. “We didn’t get Colby for the whole season last year. We only got him for about 5 games, so we’re gonna get him the whole year now,” Bronstone stated. “We have a lot of returning players who are really good on offense.”
Also returning this year are senior goalies Josh Davey-Winter and Noah Rosen. Having continuity between the goalposts will certainly help the Knights produce another strong defense this season to go along with the improved offense.
Rosen feels confident that the team will be able to produce positive results on the field once again. “We’re looking pretty good right now, we’re in the preliminary stages of kinda getting to know each other and learning what our tendencies are, but it’s gonna be a good year.”
The team has improved in each year of now fourth-year head coach Kurt Adkins’ employment, but improving upon their league success and a 18-2-5 overall record would be pretty difficult. However, the team had one piece of unfinished business from last year that they will look to take care of after a painful loss in the semifinals of NCS last year.
The abrupt end to last season has the team’s sights set upon a return to the postseason. “We just wanna win NCS, so losing that game did hurt, but we’ve got this year,” Bronstone commented.
“We’re just trying to win every game we can, just trying to give 100% every game, and our end goal is to win NCS,” said Rosen. “Hopefully we end up winning state also,” he added.
Despite returning to plenty of talent for the upcoming season, Allard knows that doesn’t make a return to NCS a guarantee. “Good teams can also lose so we’ve gotta stay focused.”
The team will look to show off that focus in the season opener against Tennyson on November 27th, and hopefully they can maintain that level of focus throughout the length of the season.