Soccer starts off with excitement


Lidioshka Gonzalez

The soccer team celebrates duirng the last pep rally of the 2019-2020 school year.

Despite there being uncertainty surrounding high school sports this year due to Covid-19, the expectations for the Cape Coral High School soccer teams are as high as ever as they begin training for the 2020-2021 season. 

Both the girls and boys teams did exceptionally well last season: the Lady Seahawks were the runner up in the district, and the Seahawk boys came out on top as district champions. This year, they are reaching for new heights, and are not letting the strange circumstances surrounding the upcoming season bog them down and stop them from achieving their ultimate goal.

However, before they can set their sites on states, head coach Daniel Gross states “the safety of students has emerged as a top priority. I will ensure that we are following district guidelines put in place by the school district to keep everyone safe.” 

Once they are able to hit the field as a team, a new challenge awaits them. They lost some star seniors from last season, including alumni Juan Parra and Jacob Jimenez, who have both continued their passion for soccer at the collegiate level. They were integral pieces of the team, and have left the rising seniors with some big shoes to fill. 

“Our goal is the same as every year, to win districts and advance to the state tournament,” said Adriel Gomez, one of the starting midfielders on varsity. “The boys have high expectations for this season. We have high hopes in winning districts and plan to compete to win the state championship. We also expect to grow and improve as a team after each match.” The boys have large aspirations this season and are working to achieve them. The Seahawks ended the season with a 17-5-5 overall record and intend to top that this year.

The Lady Seahawks fell just short of the district title last season, and they are determined to get to the top this season. The team is planning to get a head start with preseason conditioning.

 Much like the boys, the girls team has also seen major losses from the recent graduating class that they need to overcome. “For this upcoming season I have high expectations, regardless of the uncertainty because of Covid,” said senior and team captain Kendall Miskimins. “Since my freshman year, we have been one of the top three teams in our district. Last year, we played in the district finals, and I hope to build off our accomplishments from last season.”

The Lady Seahawks put up a fight last season and are looking to dominate their competition this time around. The girls ended the season with a 12-9 record and are determined to surpass that this upcoming season. 

Cape Coral High School welcomes everyone to try out and is excited for yet another prosperous, albeit safe, season for the Seahawks.