“This is not the time or place,” the refs kept saying during the game against Sacramento Waldorf School on Sept. 18. There were instances during the game, a 4-5 loss for the Cavs, that nearly resulted in a fight.
According to sophomore starter Jayce McCain, it all started when he went up for a header and an opponent pushed him.
McCain felt like he had to get revenge, so the next time he had the ball, McCain pushed that opponent down hard.
“He tried to get up to fight me, and then (junior Jesus Galindo-Sanchez) stepped up to him to defend me,” McCain said.
People from both teams were holding back the players so they wouldn’t hurt each other.
Everyone in the crowd, on the other hand, was wondering why it was happening.
Coach Matt Vargo reacted by taking Galindo-Sanchez out of the game for a while.
The game was rough from the beginning, according to McCain.
“It got a little chippy, and there were almost a couple of fights that almost happened,” McCain said.
Neither team could gain possession long enough to score for the majority of the first half until sophomore starter Theo Kaufman scored the only Cavalier goal of the first half.
But during the second half, sophomore starter B.J. Askew scored two goals and senior starter Jacob Durante scored one.
Although the Cavs didn’t win, everyone could hear the support from the bleachers, as supporters, including teacher Bruce Baird, cheered them on.
Sophomore Andrew Rossell said the reason Waldorf won was they just had some lucky shots throughout the games.
But McCain said that the Cavs beat themselves.
“We were way better than them, but we just made mistakes by ourselves,” McCain said.
McCain said Waldorf’s defense wasn’t good either because the Cavs were able to score a lot of goals.
“When our team scores four goals, there is no way we should lose the game,” he said.
McCain said that the team needs to improve on defense.
“Allowing five goals to go by is unacceptable,” he said.
The boys’ next game will be on Tuesday, Sept. 22, against Victory High School at Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Antelope, Calif.
—By Ulises Barajas