Hemet High hosted its annual pre-season soccer tournament last weekend, with La Quinta taking first place
■ Corey Evan / Reporter
Soccer is a pretty big deal all over the world, so it’s only natural that schools take this sport seriously. Hemet High School is doing just that, by inviting 11 teams from around Southern California to take part in its 32nd annual Hemet Bulldogs’ Varsity Soccer Tournament.
The Hemet Bulldogs hosted and competed with the Paloma Valley Wildcats, West Valley Mustangs, San Jacinto Valley Academy Wolves, Indio Rajahs, Cathedral City Lions, Yucaipa Thunderbirds, Palm Desert Aztecs, Tahquitz Titans, Rancho Verde Mustangs, La Quinta Blackhawks and San Bernardino’s Cajon Cowboys.
The results are in and here’s how it went:
The Hemet Bulldogs went 2-1 vs San Jacinto Valley Academy, ended up with a scoreless tie against the Indio Rajahs, outran the West Valley Mustangs 1-0 and tied 1-all with the Paloma Valley Wildcats.
In tournament play, La Quinta ended up the victors, beating Cathedral city 2-1 for first place. West Valley fell to Palm Desert 2-1 for third position.
Hemet varsity coach Miguel Chavez, who coached freshmen last year and moved up to varsity this year, says this tournament is a good test of team character and chemistry.
“The purpose of this tournament was to get our young team working together and learning as much as we could about our own team,” said Chavez. “We got to know our weaknesses and our strengths while trying different starting lineups. We were able to keep two clean sheets, one with each goalie from bench. It gave us a chance to put what we’ve been practicing to use and the results were great.”
Chavez is excited for the upcoming season based on this weekend’s results.
“If this was our performance in our first five games together, it’s a good indicator that this year we will be a strong competitive team. We have had to come from behind and keep fighting to earn the victory,” said Chavez. “We have the capacity to always keep going and never give up. Everything that we’ve seen from our team is indicating that we will have a great season and be fighting for a top spot to win league.”
Hemet stands 2-1-2 going into season play. Their next game is at Desert Hot Springs this Monday, as the Bulldogs try to cage the Golden Eagles.