The JV girls’ soccer team (MS) beat Sacred Heart 1-0 in near darkness on Monday night to clinch the West Bay Athletic League (WBAL) championship. Midway through the first half, sixth-grade striker Mia T. scored the winning goal with an assist by sixth-grade center midfielder Kayla H. The Nueva team, made up of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, faced the league's sixth-grade teams in a division that included Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo, Harker, Castilleja, Girls Middle School, and Crystal Springs. This is Nueva's first girls’ soccer championship in the league.
The defense, anchored by sixth graders Alex K. and Keeley G., held the Gators to only a few shots, which were easily blocked by sixth-grade goalkeeper Eliza S. A great effort by fourth graders Carly B. and Liliana D. helped Nueva maintain possession of the ball, and strong defensive plays by sixth grader Lauren B. and fifth grader Madeline C. keep Sacred Heart forwards out of the defensive zone.
Midfielders sixth grader Anoushka K. and fifth graders Mirabelle H. and Zoe B. distributed the ball through the middle, and sixth-grade forwards Anya P. and Makenna K. made several excellent crosses and strong shots. The team missed the talents of fifth graders Lucy K. and Taylor M. during the game.
Coached by Daniel Zerabruk and Juan Porras from local soccer club Star Academy, the girls’ team went 5-1 on the season. Middle School Athletic Director Ryan Gutierrez said, "Great things can be done with great students, great coaches, great parents, and great support from administration!"
December 16, 2016