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Emilia Esseln

By Violet Wang | Staff Writer

   At 3:30 p.m. today, the Gabrielino High School girls varsity soccer team will play against Arroyo High School once again on Arroyo’s campus in El Monte. The Eagles lost their previous game against Arroyo by only one point, so the teams are fairly evenly matched.

   “I’m hoping for a comeback, hopefully we’ll take an early lead,” stated senior Valeria Ball, who is an attacking forward and midfielder.

   Senior Kaylani Seto, captain of the team, is optimistic about the game.

   “I hope we win,” Seto said. “I think we can. If we pull through with the aggressiveness from the past few games, we can win.”

   On Jan. 25, the team played a home game against Rosemead High School for the second time this season. Scores were unavailable at press time.

   The girls played against El Monte High School on Jan. 17 on their campus at 3:30 p.m., tying 2-2.

   “I was very frustrated, it was very back and forth on the field. It was disappointing yet exciting,” said Ball.

   Gabrielino had a quick lead after scoring within the first two minutes, but lost the lead to a penalty kick.

   “We played as hard as we could. A tie is better than a loss!” laughed senior Jocelyn Cruz, a defensive midfielder.

   On Jan. 13, the girls went against Mountain View School in an away game, at 3:15 p.m. The team won with a score of 4-0. 

   The Eagles went against South El Monte High School in an away game on Jan. 11, winning 4-0.

   On Jan. 9, they lost 1-0 against Arroyo in a home game at 3:30 p.m. Three days previous, they lost 1-0 against Rosemead in a home game at 3:30 p.m.

   Gabrielino lost a game against Marshall High School, 4-0. They played at home on Dec. 20, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

   The team went up against South Pasadena High School on Dec. 14 at 3:30 p.m. during a home game. Gabrielino lost 5-0.

   The girls played El Monte on Dec. 13 at 3:30 p.m. on El Monte’s campus. They lost 3-2.

   In an away game on Dec. 6 at 3:30 p.m., the Eagles lost against Pasadena High School.

   Ball stated, “I have high expectations for the girls on the team. I know we’re going to have a lot of opportunities, it’s just about whether or not we can make them.”

   In another game five days prior, the team won against John Muir High School 6-0, one of their highest scores of the season. The game was held on Gabrielino’s soccer field at 3:30 p.m.

   The girls played against Northview High School on Nov. 29, 2022 at 3:15 p.m on their campus. It was a close game, with Gabrielino winning 6-4.

   “The season had a good start,” began senior Emilia Esseln, one of the teams’ defensive midfielders. “But we’ve lost our intensity.”

   In response to Esseln’s comment, Seto added, “But we’re going back up!” 

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