The Coast Union High School boys and girls varsity soccer teams will entertain Orcutt Academy Thursday, Jan. 10, in the first home match of 2013 for both CUHS teams. The Lady Broncos play at 4 p.m. and the boys take the field at 6 p.m.
The Bronco Boosters refreshment stand will be open during both matches.
The boys, coached by Luis Plasencia, are currently 5-5-1 and the girls, coached by Tamara Corbet, are 4-6-1.
Coming into this week, the leading scorer for the Lady Broncos is Cristina Plasencia with 10 points (four goals and two assists). Remy Corbet is the second-leading scorer with eight points on two goals and four assists. Morgan May has six points (three goals) and Madison May has contributed four points (a goal and two assists). Amy Avina has a goal and an assist for three points.
While the Lady Broncos’ lost games early in the season to large schools like Paso Robles (2-0) and Atascadero (3-2), going up against Atascadero the second time this season, the Lady Broncos played tough and ended with a 1-1 tie.
The Orcutt Academy Spartans girls have also played Paso Robles (losing 7-2) and Atascadero (losing 8-1) — so at least on paper a comparison can be made as to how well each team did against tough opponents.
On the boys side of the CUHS soccer program, it is no surprise that Victor Casas is expected to again lead his team in scoring (he has 18 points coming into this week), given that in 2011 Casas had 57 points and last season he dominated play with 79 points.
Orcutt is 6-6-2 coming into this week, having been nipped by Paso Robles 1-0 (the Broncos were defeated 5-1 by Paso Robles) and 2-0 by Atascadero (CUHS lost 3-1 to Atascadero).
Broncos No. 1 Player, Victor Casas
Meanwhile, if there is one player on either boys or girls teams that might have the talent to make a career out of soccer it would appear to be Victor Casas. He told a reporter this week that indeed he intends to play soccer in college and even beyond — at the professional level.
“Yes, it is a dream of mine,” he admitted. “It’s pretty hard to get to that level but I think I can if I work really hard at it.” One thing he believes he needs to improve on is dedication to conditioning, including running more laps and using the speed ladder more often.
But before he is arrives at any serious opportunity to play professionally he hopes to be offered a scholarship to UC Davis, a school that has scouted him and followed his career — including his play in club soccer — and is keeping an eye on what he accomplishes this season.
The boy’s team lost some talent to graduation last year but, Casas says, “… the younger players have been stepping up big time,” and hence he expects the Broncos to get into the CIF post-season again, as they have over the past two years.
Asked about his main strength, Casas replied that “I can pass the ball really well, I can control the ball well, and I have a good vision of the game.” The senior explained that he has played soccer since kindergarten, and he said, he “always looked up to the bigger guys and I always came to the games. I have always wanted to play at a higher level.”
As far as academics, at this time Casas is just planning to take general education courses and while he knows he’ll have to declare a major in college, his passion for soccer right now takes precedence over any future decisions about what he might wind up doing should he not get the chance to play professionally.
This season is he consciously trying to better the glossy statistics he accumulated last season? “I’m just letting things flow,” he explained. “I just really want my team to get further in the CIF playoffs” (the past two seasons the Broncos have won their first playoff game but lost their second playoff game).