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Family ties support WSL leaders

With first place on the line, the girls’ soccer team defeated Caruthers, 7-0, on Jan. 28 to take control in the West Sierra League. The game against the Blue Raiders was supposed to challenge the playoff bound Eagles but turned into a rout.

“”This game was a good test for us to get ready for the upcoming playoff type games,”” coach Robert Foshee said. “”It had the atmosphere of excitement since both teams were playing for first place.””

Foshee said that each game the team plays is a chance to for them to improve, learn from their mistakes and set higher standards for each game. In recent years, CVC and Templeton have proved to be the girls’ closest rivals but also face little opposition in their respective leagues.

“”The next games (Riverdale on 2/4 and Tranquility on 2/6) are opportunities to stay sharp and to continue to gel as a team,”” Foshee said. “”CVC and Templeton have the same competition in their leagues, so they must also find ways to stay sharp.””

In the last four years the girls’ have only lost once to C.V.C. in eight games but have lost two out of the last three to Templeton.

For transfer student Lindy Cobb, ’04, the playoffs are a new and different atmosphere.

“”I haven’t experienced what the playoffs are like, but I’m in a mindset to play my hardest,”” Cobb said. “”The team is working hard and we will do as well as the effort we put out.”

With help from an older brother, Cobb learned the fundamentals of how to play soccer.

“My brother played soccer and he coached my twin and I,” Cobb said. “My family played a big part in supporting me and I began to enjoy soccer and continued to play.

Playing for 13 years since four years old, Gina Arabia, ’03, was taught the basics from different coaches and trainers. According to Arabia, family encouragement is a blessing.

“I am so grateful that my parents are willing to do anything and everything to help me succeed with soccer, Arabia said. “I can’t remember my parents and sisters ever missing one of my games whether it was in club or school.”

Arabia, Cobb and Ashley Sherr, ?06, lead the Eagles in offense as each have scored over 25 goals this season.

In the past games, the girls’ beat Fowler, 4-0, on Jan. 24 and Riverdale, 7-0 on Feb. 4. The next game is at home versus Tranquility at 3:30 p.m. The girls’ overall record is 17-1-4 and 7-0-1 in the W.S.L.

For more information on the girls’ soccer team, students and parents can contact coach Foshee at 297-9464, ext. 143.

Angela Kutnerian” “Sheree Temple, Photographer” “As the team gears up for playoffs, the girls’ soccer team is focusing on fundamentals during its practices to gear up for the playoffs in mid February. The team has consistently shut out its oppenents during the West Sierra League regular season and is using its practices to simulate playoff games coach Robert Foshee said.

Here Lindy Cobb, ?04, dribbles by a Tranquility defender enroute to one of her three goals against the Tigers on Feb. 6. Cobb attributes her success on the field to an older brother who encouraged and played with her.” “” “” “

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