by Josh Morgan
The first half of the season for the boys soccer team went about as well as it possibly could have. They have won each of their first 11 games, including wins over Campolindo, Clayton Valley, and Miramonte. The hot start has allowed the team to rise all the way up inside the top 125 teams in the nation, according to MaxPreps.
So far, the Knights have been a very balanced team, succeeding on both offense and defense. Thanks to an offense led by Hadi Jaber, Martin Jimenez, and Colby Allard, they have led the Diablo League in scoring. On defense, Saul Bronstone, Joey Brooding and goalies Noah Rosen and Josh Davey-Winter headline a unit that has allowed the fewest goals in the Diablo League as well.
Despite the great success so far, senior captain Rosen isn’t satisfied yet.
“You know, obviously it’s nice to have a good record, but at the end of the day we don’t really care about being undefeated,” said Rosen. “Our one goal is to win NCS.”
One of the wins that did carry a bit of extra significance was a 2-1 win at Northgate.
“You know, they’re a really good team,” Rosen said about the win. “Props to them, they’re going to have a good season, but we did really well that night and hopefully we’re going to repeat that success in the upcoming games.”
Despite Rosen insisting that the team doesn’t care about being undefeated, one thing is for sure: the more they win, the better position it will put them in for NCS, as they currently are projected to be the top seed in Division 2.
First, however, Rosen says the team is looking to take care of being as Diablo League champs again. As far as what teams he expects to be the top threats to take that title away from them, Rosen said that Las Lomas should be able to control their own destiny.
“There’s a lot of really good teams, but I think we can go as far as we can take us. We’re a good enough team to go all the way. So as long as we keep doing what we’re doing and trust each other then I think we’re going to do good things.”
As far as which individual games have the biggest implications for the rest of the season, senior defender Bronstone has two games in mind.
“YV has all their returning players coming back except like one or two so they’re gonna be really strong,” said Bronstone. “Acalanes is also going to be a big game because we know a lot of people on their team and it’s Acalanes.”
With wins in those games, Las Lomas should have a really good shot to win league.