Downey vs. Dominguez


Mayra Castro

On Wed., Feb. 12, Roberto Astorga, 12, heads for the goal during the game against Dominguez High School. Downey took the win with a final score of 4 to 0.

Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

On Wed., Feb. 12 at 3 p.m., the boys varsity soccer team played against Dominguez High School, in order to advance to the CIF playoffs, after previously tying with Dominguez in a game earlier in the season.

The Downey and Dominguez varsity players began their warm ups on the field until the referee blew the whistle for the players to take their positions.

The game opened with the Vikings getting the ball and kicking it across the field, just missing the net. Soon after that, senior Rodryck Ortega scored the first goal of the game after the goalie tripped trying to catch the ball, making the score 1-0.

“The highlight of the game for me was scoring in the first five minutes,” Ortega said. “I had a feeling after that that it was going to be a good game.”

Dominguez struggled to keep up with the Vikings and senior Downey player Erick Bermudez scored another goal ending the first half of the game with a score of 2-0 with the Downey varsity team in the lead.

When the Downey soccer players returned to the field from their halftime break, they noticed a difference in the Dominguez players.

“They gave up after we scored that second goal,” senior Erick Bermudez said. “You could tell when they were playing that they knew they weren’t going to win anymore.”

With Dominguez not playing at their full potential, Downey was able to easily keep the game at their advantage. Ortega scored another goal bringing Downey up another point.

Dominguez put up a weak defense in the second half, allowing Downey to steal the ball repeatedly. The Dominguez players missed every opportunity to score a goal. The players began to get frustrated, resulting in a series of fouls called by the referee and the ball being turned over to Downey.

A serious penalty occurred towards the end of the game when the Downey goalie picked up the ball when one of his own players kicked it to him, a clear violation. Dominguez received a penalty kick but missed.  The ball was given back to Downey and Patino scored the final goal for the Vikings resulting in an ending score of 4-0.

Senior Earnesto Patino was proud of his team at the end of the game.

“We played good,” Patino said. “but I would like us to improve on the intensity we start the game with.”

The varsity boys celebrated their win by huddling up together in a huddle with Coach chanting “Go Downey!” and then hit the showers. Their season came to an end on Feb. 18 at the CIF game.