Before winter break, the boys varsity soccer team got a chance to play a non-league match against Avalon High School on Catalina Island. This was just the second time any Vikings sports team crossed the channel. After a nine hour round trip excursion, the Vikings came back victorious, winning 2-0. Many Vikings felt that this game was a once in a lifetime experience.
When asked about his experience, senior goalie, Sean DJ, described the event as one of the best team bonding moments all season. He emphasized how the ferry ride was a great opportunity to talk and hang out with the team.
Additionally, Sean described how traveling to such a far away venue brought out the best in his teammates, and allowed them to become one of the tightest knit teams he has been a part of in his four years at Vistamar.
Once on the island, the team began a two mile uphill hike to the field. “[That’s] when the team started to get mentally prepared and ready to play,” recalled Senior midfielder Carson D.
This preparation proved to be important as the game was a nail-biter, tied 0-0 for the vast majority of the match. It wasn’t until late in the second half that the Vikings began to pull away.
In the end, the soccer team’s excursion proved to be a big success: the team won, and the players shared an experience that few at Vistamar have.
When asked about his overall feelings about the trip, Carson’s response was simple, “It was definitely a long day, but by the end I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.”
Gavin E., is a senior at Vistamar School. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the Vistamar school newspaper and a contributing writer for VSN.