BY RIGI ANDRADE
Starting defensive center number four, Javier Lopez Mochon, senior, reflects on this men’s fall soccer season.
“Everyone who comes from the bench is really good. They increase the intensity during the whole game,” said Mochon. “Everyone is so focused on the goal.”
The team has increased the intensity from last year going 13 wins, one loss and one tie this season. With a stronger team chemistry this year, players are more aware of each other‘s strengths and weaknesses and have been successfully building off that this season.
“Between this year and last year, we just decided to start really strong from the beginning, and last year we started, at the beginning, we had a couple tied games and losses and that affected us at the end. We started playing really good in the middle of the [last] season, so we couldn’t really make it. We learned from last year, and we told each other that we had to be really strong,” said Mochon.
The starting lineup from last year has not really changed much, but as seniors prepare to end their college careers, new players will take their place and will have to adapt.
“Almost everyone from last year is a starter. We already know each other better, I know what my other players are going to do,” said Mochon. “We worked on our defensive shape to take away chances for the other team. This year we have been putting the ball in the back of the net.” “We study the rivals on film, and how they play. So depending on how they do we try to adapt ourselves. We practice two times a day: once at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m,” said Mochon.