Soccer season to change to the winter

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For the first time in Redwood history, both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will be playing their seasons in the winter, between December and February.
Traditionally, the boys would play in the fall MCAL season, and the girls in the spring. However, after a vote in March 2013 by members of the MCAL Board of Managers, the decision was made that all MCAL soccer will be played in the winter beginning in the 2015-16 season.

Senior Jack McClean volleys a shot on goal in a preseason training session. In previous years, the boys soccer season would be underway at this point.

Senior Jack McClean volleys a shot on goal in a preseason training session. In previous years, the boys’ soccer season would be underway in this stage of the school year.

According to senior forward James Ingledew, many players and coaches believe the fields will be overscheduled.
“I don’t know how they’re going to fit JV into all this, and there’s also the girls team, so I think there’s going to have to be a game every single day. I don’t think it’s going to work at all,” said Ingledew.
Junior forward Estefany Guevara thinks that this move also may hurt the team morale.
“A big part of the team was having the same group at the same time and place every day,” Guevara said. “The switch may mess up our practice schedule, which could really be a burden to our team chemistry.”
Both Guevara and Ingledew strongly believe soccer should have remained the way it was prior to the season change.
However, the move may have some benefits, according to Guevara.
“We do get to play new teams from different areas, and we also get more time to play club [season]. Instead of just playing MCAL teams, we will be playing teams from all over the Bay Area, which will be a cool experience,” said Guevara.
The MCAL season for both teams will begin December 5 as both teams take on Terra Linda.