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December 12, 2007 > Milpitas Trojans on Field

Milpitas Trojans on Field

By Anuja Seith

The game of nimble feet, soccer, has been a part of Milpitas High School from the early 1980s. Since then students at Milpitas High School have lived the spirit of shot and goal, which was reflected in the recent Boys Varsity soccer team game against Cupertino High School on December 4. "This was the most consistent, and successful game played by the Milpitas Boys Varsity Soccer team. From the first kick off the team showed that it wanted to win this game," says William Leffler, who has been the Boys Varsity soccer coach for 22 years. The first goal which coach Leffler describes as "the building block for success in any match," was scored when Elias Guzman took a pass from the back and moved to the left side where he sent a hard, curving shot to the back side of the goal crushing the net. Like in any other game he feels the first goal was the key in building the confidence of the team which boosted their passing game and increased their aggressive offensive posture, leading to a second goal resulting from the combined effort of twin brothers, Dinesh and Josh Prasad. The game came to a close with a final score of 6-0 when midfielder Chris Sun collected a pass and worked the ball forward to Peter Nguyen, also a midfielder as he moved across the goal.

Having registered its victory the Trojans' soccer team comprising of a freshman, three sophomores, eight juniors, and eleven seniors faced Amador Valley High School on December 6, which according to Leffler was a very senior heavy team consisting of 15 seniors, 5 juniors and 2 sophomores. "Amador was taller at every position on the field and they used their height difference to handle every air ball against that the young, small, but quick Milpitas High School Trojans," says Leffler. As a coach, Leffler, acknowledges that this is a very young team that has not yet developed the attitude of playing tough against the senior laden and more aggressiveness teams. But nonetheless they have an indomitable spirit which was exhibited during the match against Amador.

During the first half the game bounced back and forth but the break down of Milpitas defense at various runs cost the Trojans a back side run and a cross pass allowed Amador to score at about the 20th minute. 39 minutes of the first half were slightly better for Amador though Milpitas fought hard. In the second half Amador put together another back side run that provided them with an easy goal. Though they couldn't score a goal the second half also gave Milpitas many more shots on goal as the combination of defense control, mid field short passing, and combination runs provided opportunities. Leffler feels this was a good match to measure the resilience of the Milpitas players as they were pushed much harder than any other match to date.

In these matches coach Leffler observed that defense had been weak link during the pre season. "Communication during switches, angled runs, position during defensive stops, hurrying ball relief during transitions, headers, and corner defense have all presented us with problems," he says. Nonetheless on the other side the team has tremendous team spirit, coordination and sharing is one of its highest goals. "Our offense has come up to play more together and the results have been continued increase in scoring opportunities and wins," he explains.
With one victory and defeat in its kitty the Trojans are now all set for attack against Palo Alto and Gunn High School.

Trojans on field
Wednesday, December 12
Soccer- Boys Varsity vs. Pal Alto
3:30 p.m.
Milpitas High School
1285, Escuela Parkway., Milpitas

Friday, December 14
Soccer- Boys Varsity vs. Gunn High School
3:30 p.m.
Gunn High School
780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto

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