Students, parents and faculty made the drive to Stockton and braved 55-degree weather to cheer on the boys’ soccer team at the section finals championship game against Ripon Christian.
Bundled up in coats, the crowd gave the boys a standing ovation as the final whistle blew.
Country Day’s 1-4 loss in the section finals marked the end of a highly successful soccer campaign. The boys finished the season with a record of 17-2-1 in Div. VII.
“This season was one of the best in school history,” head coach Matt Vargo said.
“The team was very talented. They did well finishing off teams and not allowing their opponents to come back.”
Offensively, the Cavs dominated their opponents, scoring 95 goals. In comparison, division champion Ripon Christian scored 82 during their season.
“We had a lot of offensive weapons,” Vargo said.
Senior Ethan Ham and freshman B.J. Askew led the team with 24 goals apiece. Senior Erik Morfin-Ruiz was third, with 17.
To get to the next level, the team has creases to iron out before next season.
“Next year we will have to work on improving our defense and clearing corner kicks,” Askew said.
“We needed to be more aggressive. We just played weak in the air and box,” senior Skovran Cunningham said.
The Sept. 24 game against Div. III El Camino High School was one of the most exciting games of the year according to Vargo and senior Erik Morfin-Ruiz.
“We showed we could compete against a big school,” Vargo said. “In the game we matched up toe to toe with them.”
“The whole atmosphere was surreal,” Morfin-Ruiz said.
In that game Country Day stayed locked in a tie until halftime, but in the second half allowed three goals to lose the game, 0-3.
In the second round of the playoffs against Delta High School on Nov. 12, senior Keegan Crain came on as a sub in his first game back from an ankle injury, to score the go-ahead goal.
“That goal changed the whole outcome of the game, I felt so ecstatic,” Crain said.
The boys defeated Delta, 4-2.
Previously published in the print edition on Nov. 25, 2014.