GHS Loses Opener; Blanked By Del Mar

It wasn’t the ideal situation for the season opener for the
Gilroy girls’ soccer team.
Gilroy – It wasn’t the ideal situation for the season opener for the Gilroy girls’ soccer team.

The Mustangs had to start its season against Del Mar Wednesday instead of Thursday, thanks to a last-minute scheduling change. Because of that, the team was without starting defenders Nikki Hovey and Kendra Satto, who were on field trips. Also missing was standout midfielder Amanda Bruce, who is still playing with her club team.

“All of those things added up to make an interesting game,” said Gilroy head coach Jose Hernandez.

And, unfortunately, a 4-0 Gilroy loss in San Jose.

But Hernandez did take some positives from the game.

“We were upset with the outcome, which I do like,” he said. “We understand we have to work harder and have an idea of how we can play.”

According to Hernandez, early games against San Jose teams can be challenging because the Northern Section of CCS starts its soccer season a month earlier than the Southern Section, which Gilroy is a part of.

“It’s always tough playing San Jose teams,” he said. “One of things did like today is that I had to put girls in positions they hadn’t played. They made mistakes, but they played hard.”

Gilroy returns 14 players from last year’s squad which finished 15-5-3. Unfortunately Bruce, one of the cornerstones of the team, will miss the first month of the season while she finishes up club.

The ‘Stangs play their next game, the home opener, against Watsonville at 5:30pm.

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