It was Spartans vs. Spartans in the first spherical of the San Diego Part Division III boys soccer playoffs, with Central High of El Centro prevailing 1-zero on Chula Vista’s house turf Tuesday evening.
A resurgent season came to an in depth for ninth-seeded Chula Vista (12-8-5) in a recreation it dominated early and sometimes.
“We had a very good season,” Chula Vista coach Ruben Oliveira stated.
“We gained our league championship banner, which we hadn’t finished since 2015. We stepped up this yr and we improved lots towards the top of the season. I do know it’s robust for the seniors for this to be their last recreation.”
Gamers in blue dropped to the bottom in unison, masking their distraught faces as the final whistle blew marking the top to a strong season.
“We had a bunch of possibilities and didn’t put them away,” Oliveira stated. “It was robust. For the youthful guys it’s nearly learning from this and preparing for next season. Next season starts tomorrow.”
Next season will arrive soon for Chula Vista. Oliveira stated he’s going to provide his gamers a few month off to rest our bodies and minds earlier than they get again to coaching, and he has one specific objective in thoughts.
“We’re gonna start understanding in the weight room,” stated Oliveira, who guided Chula Vista to a SoCal Regional championship in 2014-15.
“(We have now to get) stronger for positive because we don’t have plenty of guys coming back next yr. Undoubtedly getting them stronger and getting them fit for next season so once we start we’re already in shape.”
The No. eight Spartans of Central (14-4-5) got here out extra aggressive and targeted within the second half, forcing mental and physical errors from the opposition.
The most important gaffe got here when Chula Vista committed a foul on the sting of the penalty box, establishing a free kick that Central’s Vasilio Syrengelas powered previous the keeper for the sport’s lone score.
“He’s massive,” Oliveira stated. “He’s received some velocity and talent. He’s their main scorer and leading assist participant. He’s their primary participant. We knew that.”
Terrones is a freelance author.