Girls soccer meets their season goals

The Lady Brahmas kicked off this soccer season to a strong start with an overall record of 9-6 and a Hacienda League record of 6-4.

Following a year and a half-long shutdown due to COVID-19, the la-dies had a rough first game, losing 4-0 against Wilson High School. Their following game was similar, a 3-1 defeat against South Hills High School. Just a week later, though, Diamond Bar High School won its first girls soccer game against Walnut High School, 5-2. This win against their rival was a confidence booster for the athletes.

Although the Brahmas later took a loss at the conference game against Rowland High School, they defeated Los Altos High School the following week,4-1. Building upon that momentum, DBHS won 1-0 in a matchup with Wilson, against whom they’d faced their first loss, the next week.

In the Brahmas’ second game against Walnut, they won with a score of 3-2. They were also victorious in their second game against Rowland, ending 3-1.

“Our most memorable game has probably been our home game against Rowland as it was not only senior night, but a very important game,” senior Emily Le said. “They were a top team in the league, winning many games and we knew we had to win.”

The team has faced several hurdles this season, between both injuries’ and COVID-19 restrictions.

“We have stumbled with a few injuries along the way but overall we worked hard for the results we wanted,” senior Megan Nadal said. “I think with the talent on our team we could have done so much more but again we had a few setbacks as a team which unfortunately showed but I am still proud of them regardless.”

According to team manager and former player sophomore Presley King, the ladies have done an excel-lent job of stepping up to the challenges on the field this year.

“The girls definitely improved throughout the season and it was really fun being with them,” King said.

The Brahmas lost their May 5 game to South Hills, 3-0. However, they won their next game against Los Altos with a score of 3-0.

So far, this season has been tumultuous for the girls soccer team, but they have been far from stagnant. Each day, under head coach Matt Franco, they work on improving their skills to best prepare for the following game.
As the ladies approach league finals, they are fine tuning their kicks, passes and goals.

“We are currently working on moving the ball cohesively,” Na-dal said. “We have struggled a bit working through our midfield and building up to attacking third to get some shots in.”