Soccer team has tough run in Mission League
The Sierra Canyon boys soccer team didn’t qualify for the playoffs but made some noise in its maiden season in the Mission League.
Despite a 5th-place finish battling juggernauts Harvard-Westlake, Chaminade and Loyola, the Trailblazers managed some solid victories against Notre Dame, St. Francis, Crespi and Alemany.
Sierra Canyon had a late season stretch where it won four of five matches.
“We definitely did some good things,” Sierra Canyon coach Chris Bonawandt said. “We had some hard-fought victories.”
Constatine Theodoratos was the team’s leading scorer and will be sorely missed. The Trailblazers lose two goalkeepers, two center-mids and a center-back.
However, Bonawandt is excited about the return of Daron Jil-Agopaian and several talented freshmen.
“We have a lot to replace, we could struggle next year getting our footing, again,” Bonawandt said. “Playoffs might be two years away. Hopefully we can come together a year early, so-to-speak. It’s tough when the the other teams have 20-230 players on their roster and can sub in fresh bodies.”
Theodoratos had 11 goals in league play.
“We did way better in the second half of the league,” Bonawandt. said. “We had some guys back from injury and came together as a team.”