Fri, Mar 29 2013 05:13 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The fledgling Olympian Eagles finally earned their wings, or at least their inaugural victory in the team’s first season of varsity play after defeating the host Chula Vista Spartans, 11-3, Wednesday.
“It’s everything,” said OHS sophomore Alex Medina, who led all players on the field with four goals. “We’ve put in a lot of hard work. We’ve put in a lot of effort.”
Head coach Keith Quigley echoed Medina’s comments.
“I’m really thrilled for the players,” Quigley said. “There were a couple of games earlier in the season that I thought we might have been able to pull out. We lost 7-6 to Montgomery (on March 16). We were up 2-1 and 4-2 but they (the Aztecs) were hungrier in the second half and deserved to win that game … so we’re 1-7.”
The Eagles lost their first-ever game, 13-1, against University City on Feb. 27 and following with a 14-2 setback at Santana on March 1 before falling by a 7-0 score at Hilltop on March 6 in their first-ever meeting against another South County opponent.
Olympian dropped a 4-0 non-league match-up at El Capitan on March 8, lost 14-1 at UC on March 11 and came up short by a 15-2 score at Eastlake in another non-league tilt last Friday.
Quigley said 36 student-athletes attended tryouts; the team’s roster currently includes 23 players. Medina scored the first goal in school history.
There is no junior varsity squad; the Eagles are playing a freelance schedule this year.
“Since we started the season, it’s like night and day,” Quigley said. “We have three seniors this year, so we can only grow in the future.”
Naturally, the Eagles want more. With eight games remaining on their schedule, they might just get it.
Olympian hosts Serra in its first varsity home game Friday, March 29, at 6 p.m.
“As a coach, I ask one thing from my players and that’s to give it their best, to leave it on the field,” Quigley said. “We’ve taken our lumps but we’ve also played some tough teams.”
Said Medina: “I see us building more and more, winning a couple more games.”
Chula Vista fell to 0-3.
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