Boys Soccer Journey Comes to an Unfortunate End

Haley Warner, Sports Editor

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No. 3 ranked Clovis hosted No. 6 Paramount Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the 2017 CIF So-Cal Regional Boys Soccer Championships for Division I, but unfortunately the Cougars’ journey for the 2016-17 season came to an end with a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Pirates.

Going into the game our team was just focused on pushing one game at a time,” said junior captain Tyler Hensel. “State championship was the goal but we came up short.”

Paramount moved on to the semifinals and played No. 2 Granada Hills Charter Highlanders who advanced after beating the No. 7 Palos Verdes Sea Kings. The Pirates defeated the Highlanders after they entered overtime 1-1 and left a shootout 4-3. Paramount then moved on to play No. 4 El Toro on March 11 for the championships and came out as the champions with a final score of 5-1.

With an overall season record of 24-4, a league record of 8-2, a No. 41 national rank, and a No. 10 state ranking, the Cougars consistently proved that they could put on a show for their loyal, cold weather baring fans.

A lot of people had high expectations and we went past all of them,” said Hensel.

The Cougars were not on their game for the match and fell short due to this.

We came out super slow and we didn’t really wake up until the second half, and by then they had already scored 3 on us,” said Hensel. “It was too little too late.”

“We were tired and sore,” said senior captain Jeffrey Battaion. “We played a lot of games this season and that took a toll.”

Along their first state playoff birth, the boys won the Cougar Classic, placed second at the Adidas West Coast Showcase, and won the CIF Central Section title for the first time since 1995.

“Honestly I’m really proud of this team and what we did this year,” said Hensel. “We made history and we’ll be back for more next year.”

A total of 90 goals were scored this season, with senior Braedon Rouff as the lead scorer with 27 goals under his belt.

“Just for me personally, all the years and years of playing soccer and all the practices have paid off for me,” said Rouff. “It’s an honor to be in the position I am today.”

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Boys Soccer Journey Comes to an Unfortunate End