Boys Soccer: MVHS loses in narrow Senior Night matchup against Cupertino HS Matadors lose 1-0 to Cupertino HS in last home game of the season

Written by Kamyar Moradi and Anish Vasudevan.

The MVHS varsity boys soccer team honored their seniors Wednesday, Feb. 6, as they geared up to play against their rival, Cupertino HS. For the participating seniors, this would be their last home game of the season, and the final time they take the field as a part of the MVHS varsity soccer team.

The game started off slowly, as each team struggled to maintain possession of the ball. As the half progressed, both teams settled in to the game and strung some passes together. CHS began to create the first few chances of the game, but MVHS responded with chances of their own. The Matadors’ defense kept CHS from their goal, and the majority of the play occured in the midfield. With constant back and forth play from the two teams, the score was still 0-0 going into halftime.

With the second half underway, the game continued to be a defensive battle for both sides, and only a few shots on goal. For the shots that were on target, goalkeeper and senior Hassham Malik made numerous saves throughout the game.

With the game winding down, the two teams were about to finish with a tie. In the final minute of the game, however, a CHS striker obtained the ball outside the box of the MVHS goal and fired a shot in the top left corner, effectively winning the game. Malik was very dissatisfied with the result.

“That last goal was offsides, I think at least,” Malik said. “That wasn’t supposed to be a goal. It just happens.”

Reflecting on his last game with MVHS soccer, senior Youssef Khater describes what he is going to miss the most from his time with this team.

“It’s fun to play with your friends. Because on your [club] soccer team, like it's not guarantee that you're doing that.”

Prior to kickoff, coach Todd Kimble read off a final speech from each individual player, adding his own commentary about the players. Captain and senior Avi Libman listens to his coach’s regards before heading onto the field for his last home game. Photo by Anish Vasudevan.
Senior forward Prabhat Jandhyala laughs after spotting a poster in the crowd whilst hearing a speech from Coach Kimble. The younger varsity players and a few junior varsity players created posters for each senior which were displayed on the edges of the bleachers for the players to see. Photo by Anish Vasudevan.
Senior Soham Mukherjee picks up a bouquet of flowers from the junior varsity head coach. Players and coaches from both the junior varsity and varsity teams lined up in rows, cheering for each senior as they received their bouquet and candy necklace. Photo by Anish Vasudevan.
Senior captain Sean Crofut puts a candy necklace around his father’s neck at the end of the pregame ceremony. Senior athletes invited their family members onto the field, who received the bouquets and necklaces before the players headed out to play. Photo by Anish Vasudevan.
Captain and senior Youssef Khater tries to gain control over the ball during a scuffle with a CHS player. Because of the loss, the Matadors were unable to qualify for CCS and with 8 seniors on the team this season, MVHS will need to make a lot of changes during the offseason in order to prepare for next season. Photo by Anish Vasudevan.


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