As the spring approaches, we have two sports teams gearing up for new seasons, boys baseball and girls soccer. Let’s first take a look at our boys, who are excited to start a new journey on the field. We have some returning players from last year that are focused and poised to take on all that the Jackie Robinson North Conference has to offer. Leading the pack are a couple of players with great work ethic and leadership skills. Isaiah Bermudez, a senior who plays right field, has been a driving force in conditioning and getting the boys to push themselves to the next level on and off the field. Right next to him in center field is Pedro Cora, who is a promising sophomore that is always looking for ways to improve on and off the field. As the season approaches, the expectation is that this young team will surprise the elite teams in our conference. The season starts on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 with the first game against Bulls Prep.
As for our lady Wildcats, they are flexing their athletic prowess already this season. On Friday, March 24th, the Clemente Wildcats Girls Junior Varsity soccer team traveled to face off with Conference rivals, Intrinsic Mustangs at Riis Park. This marked the first game of the season for the JV team. Clemente began the game on the offensive, looking to capitalize on their high press by cutting off all passing lanes from the Mustangs. The Wildcats were able to put three great passes together that led to the first goal of the season, made by Junior Maria Cervantes in the fourth minute of the game. With the Wildcats continued pressure throughout the first 15 minutes of the game, Maria Cervantes was able to score two more goals before the end of the first half, bringing her goal tally to three for the season.
The second half started with the Wildcats continued high press, giving Clemente most of the possession throughout the first ten minutes of the half. The Wildcats created many goal scoring opportunities but were not able to get the ball in the back of the net. But with such a strong defensive back line, sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Flores only had to make one save throughout the match. The match ended with a final score of 3-0 in favor of the Wildcats. The lady Wildcats’ defensive scheme set the tone for the entire game and now the Wildcats Varsity team looks to build on this win as they face their Division St. rivals, the Holy Trinity Tigers, next Wednesday.