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Boys’ Soccer Is Off to a Good Start

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Gus Esquivel '18

The LQHS boys’ soccer team started their 2017-18 season with the addition of an entirely new coaching staff. Coach McKee is a former Palm Desert High soccer coach and now La Quinta varsity soccer coach, while Coach Salisbury for JV is an alumnus and former soccer player for the Blackhawks.

The boys will officially commence their DVL season on Dec. 12  against the Palm Springs Indians. On Dec. 6, the boys played Coachella Valley High and were down 1-0 by the first half, the boys’ were not going to give up, the came back second half with a goal in the first 10 minutes by Jonathan Delgado ‘19 and Liam Manzano ‘19 finishing the game with a goal giving LQ a win of 2-1.

On Dec. 2, the Blackhawks played the Tahquitz Titans at Hemet High. At the beginning of the second half of the game, the boys were down 1-0. Suddenly, LQ ignited a spark of flames, winning the game 3-1. Later that day, La Quinta played Palm Desert again for the semi-finals and won 1-0 with Cesar “Chapa” Rodriguez ‘19 scoring the goal in the first half. The La Quinta boys made it to the final to play Cathedral City High, ultimately winning the fight with a score of 2-1.

With preseason going well, the team has high hopes this season. Marco Arambula ‘18 said, “It’s one goal at a time. First, we need to focus on DVL and then go for the CIF ring.”  

From Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, the Blackhawks competed at the Hemet tournament. They began the tournament with a match against Palm Desert. It was a equally matched game with both teams working hard, resulting in a tied score of 0-0. Logan Prescott ‘18 prevented a goal with a save from a two-man ball scuffle.

The following day, LQ traveled to Hemet to play the Yucaipa High Thunderbirds. The boys came out with a win of 1-0 with a goal from Arambula.

Preseason began with a score of 3-1 win against Rancho Mirage on Nov. 28. Josue “Danny” Muzon ‘19, Rodriguez and Manzano contributed the three goals.

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