Cambrian: Sports

Lady Broncos soccer team ready to roll

The Coast Union varsity girls’ soccer team is not in the Coast Valley League, so they are going up against bigger schools much of the season. The Lady Broncos will be going head-to-head with Templeton (twice), with Morro Bay, with Paso Robles and Independence High School in Bakersfield.

The team has already played Atascadero (losing 3-2) and St. Joseph in Santa Maria (they were blanked 5-0). They played Mission Prep (Tuesday, Dec. 4), and lost 0-1 (Bronco boys defeated Mission Prep 5-0; Victor Casas scored 5 goals). The next girls’ home match is two days after Christmas when Independence comes to Coast Union for a 6 p.m. contest.

First year head coach Tamara Corbet explained that she held tryouts and made some cuts, and though some of the varsity players were ill for a couple weeks and senior Morgan May was in a CIF tennis playoff, delaying her presence on the field, Corbet believes all players on the squad “have a good, positive attitude and are willing to work hard in practice.”

Moreover, there is a strong sense of camaraderie with the core of the varsity team because they “have been playing CYA soccer since they were little, always on the same team playing together,” Corbet explained.

The team will be “great,” Corbet said, in part because of the support of her assistant coaches, Lorenzo Catalan — the patriarch of a well-known, gifted soccer family in Cambria — and his son, Gustavo Catalan.

“We’re very lucky to have them. They both just have a lot of knowledge,” said Corbet.

Corbet mentioned that when both the boys and girls soccer teams play back-to-back on the same day, the Bronco Boosters will open the snack bar for refreshments.