“It feels good because I know the team very well and I enjoy playing with them,” said Sanchez.
Carl Hayden’s boys varsity soccer has been getting closer and closer the past three years to reaching their goal in taking a state championship. Two years ago they reached the semi-finals, and last year they made it to the championship game losing 3-2 to Pinnacle High School in overtime.
“This should be our year to take it,” said Sanchez. “We’ve been through a lot over the past three years and we get closer and closer.’
Players on the team are concerned with the way the varsity started off the season.
“The team isn’t looking good right now, but with the help of our coaches and also our captain Amado not giving up and putting effort in getting us back on track to win State,” said soccer player George Perez.
The varsity team has shown improvements since the start of their season by remaining consistent in their performances leading to a 6-3 record with three games remaining in the season.
Now that the season is coming to an end, Sanchez looks back to his proudest moment of leading the team to semi-finals by scoring two goals in the quarter finals. He hopes to have a similar or better outcome on the road to state once again.
-photos by Monica Contreras