Guarding the League Crown

Nadia Lee, Staff Writer

Reigning champions of the Hacienda League for three consecutive years, the Diamond Bar High School varsity boys soccer team, led by Coach Kemp Wells, is determined to reclaim its title in the Palomares League.

“We had a strong team last year and we returned a huge chunk of the core of our team including most of the offense,” Wells said.

The Brahmas have already started their season with one loss against La Serna High and two wins against Wilson High and Rancho Alamitos High.

“I actually think our league last year was stronger than the league we’ll be in this year, but we still can’t take it for granted. Before we go into a game assuming that we’re going to win easily, that’s when we’re going to lose,” Wells said.

With the season rapidly approaching, the team will face opponents they have easily beaten last year. Its only concern is Claremont High, who has won CIF a few years ago.

“I don’t know what to expect in the new league, but we’ve beaten teams where we were considered the underdogs, so I’m sure we can handle whatever obstacles come our way,” senior varsity captain Guy Horcasitas said.

Despite the 2-1 loss in the quarter finals in the 2013 CIF against Baldwin Park High. Wells is determined that the Brahmas will do better in CIF playoffs this year.

“One goal can completely decide a game whereas it’s the lowest scoring sport in all of high school. So one game where we just aren’t completely on and lose by a single goal can knock us out,” Wells said.

The team’s next match is on Dec. 11 against Ontario on the Brahma’s home field at 3:15 p.m.