(Graphic by Jackson Crawford)

In the first round of the Sac Joaquin Section Division VII Soccer Championships, the seventh-seeded Cavs fell 8-1 to second-seeded Victory Christian on Oct. 29 at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex.

The Vikings outscored the Cavs 7-1 in the second half due to poor defense, according to co-coach Matt Vargo.

Freshman midfielder Rod Azghadi scored the Cavaliers’ goal with an assist from sophomore forward Arjin Claire, making the score 4-1. Azghadi said it was bittersweet, but he looks forward to next year.

“I wanted to feel full of joy, but I knew my team still had to go a long way if we wanted to win,” Azghadi said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the development of our team next year. We will be stronger, faster and bigger, so it’s going to be interesting.”

Vargo said the game was tough, but he’s hopeful for next season.

“We played well for 40 minutes, but the other 40 minutes we didn’t defend well,” Vargo said.  “I’m really looking forward to the growth and maturity of our players. We have a lot of kids that really enjoy the game, so it’ll be nice to see them work hard and get better.”

The Cavs finished the season 6-10 overall and 3-6 in the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League. Claire led Country Day with 12 goals, while freshman midfielder RJ Vargo led the team in assists (11).

By Dylan Margolis

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