On Friday Feb. 11, MC’s boys soccer team played on Poway’s home turf in an intense tie game.
In the past years, Poway and MC have developed a rivalry due to field conduct and sportsmanship issues. Senior Javier Bigeriego, one of the team’s forwards, described the importance of Friday’s game.
“As a person who has played soccer here for four years, it’s very nice to come back and tie Poway in the last minute because we’ve taken a lot of mouth from Poway since our freshman year,” Bigeriego said, “They’re not our rivals but they’ve trash-talked us for many many years and it’s finally nice to be able to silence them.”
Bigeriego was subbed onto the field during the 20th minute and scored a goal for MC.
“Within […] less than a minute, I was able to put one up on the scoreboard and it kind of put Poway in the backseat because we were now in the driving position and we were very hungry to get the next goal,” Bigeriego said.
The two other goals were scored by the team’s two midfielders: senior Shaheen Javadian and junior Jacob Lofgren.
“It just felt really good scoring and tying the game up,” Javadian said.
“They put us in the game, like the bench people, and so it felt really good to actually show what we could do off the bench and score,” Lofgren said. “And in the last minute, it was a corner kick. […] Everyone went into the box and our goal keeper was on the 50-yard line. […] It was all or nothing, like just balls out.”
Though the team did not play as well as they had hoped during the first half, Bigeriego and his teammates described the success of the second half.
“They [Poway] were all excited and believed it was going to be a walk in the park, and we’re lucky enough that we came back as a team in the second half and came out with a tie,” Bigeriego said.
“Tying them on their senior night was so amazing, we put them in their place,” Lofgren said.
The boys team is on an upward trajectory after their previous upset against Westview where they won their first league game in years.
“Oh yeah that was nice. We played Westview and won, 2-1,” Javadian said.
The team, after many years, has qualified for playoffs and are thrilled about their progress as a team.
“Oh yeah, both games were like last minute goals. Yeah [we’re] really excited. We have like a really good streak right now and we’re going to playoffs so we’re like pretty happy,” Javadian said.
The boys concluded with excitement about their upcoming games and thanking their many supporters and sources of inspiration, including hip-hop artist Kodak Black.
“We can contribute the success to our coaches who have always been very good. And shoutout to the parents who have been watching the games and cheering us on all four years,” Bigeriego said.
Javadian and Lofgren chimed in, “Kodak’s an inspiration to the team!”
The MC soccer boys will be playing at their senior night game at home this Wednesday, Feb. 15, against Rancho Bernardo.