Boys Soccer Prepare for Tough Competition in CIF Playoffs


Courtesy of Emily Lopez.

The Godinez Soccer team poses for a group photo after their final league game against Ocean View.

Marco Morales and Jose Serrano

After another successful season, the boys’ soccer team is ready for the tough competition that awaits them in Division 1 CIF.

The Godinez soccer team played Ocean View High School in their last game of the regular season and won by a score of 2-0 with goals from Steven Osuna and Josue Martinez and ended the season with a record of 16 wins, 1 loss and 3 ties.

In the Golden West League, Godinez finished with an undefeated record of 8 wins and 2 ties making them league champions.

The boys look forward to their CIF journey and hope to overcome the heartbreaking defeat from last year when they were knocked out in the semi-finals. This year, they have trained harder than ever, in order to be ready for Division 1 opponents. The intensity and levels of difficulty have increased since their promotion. 

Senior captain, David Jimenez, is proud and extremely happy with how the season went this year for the team. Jimenez said, “We must keep a positive attitude and keep all of the team motivated to go far in CIF and get that ring.

Senior midfielder, Anthony Parades, wishes that they went undefeated this season but he is content that they came out as league champs. Parades is remaining optimistic as Godinez plays in CIF. Parades said “the team has a very competitive, very hard-working attitude and applying all the hard work we did in the practices into CIF. 

This league championship marks Coach, Ruben Fernandez’s 8th boys soccer championship which he won in the years of 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020 along with his 2016 CIF-SS Championship and 2017 CIF-SS Championship & 2017 CIF State Regional Championship.

Coach Fernandez is pleased that the team accomplished their first goal of the season, which was to win the league. Despite losing some key players, Fernandez is content that the new players stepped up their game this season and came out as champions. Fernandez advised his team “To just stay focused, remain calm and enjoy the journey. Compete until the end.”  

The boys are ambitious and determined to get that CIF ring. Fernandez wants the team to be careful to not make mistakes that the team has made in past games considering that the division they are in is a tough one.

Godinez won their first round match against Valley High School in a nailbiter 6-5 on a penalty shootout after regular time ended with a score of 0-0.

Although the road to the ring seems difficult, it is not impossible. 

If you want to attend a game, here is the schedule for the CIF-SS playoffs:

2nd Round February 14, 2020 at JSerra Catholic High School 

Quarter Finals February 18, 2020 location to be determined

Semi-finals February 22, 2020 location to be determined

Final on February 28 or February 29, 2020 location to be determined. 

Paredes mentioned at the end, “Come out and support all the games, we need all the support we can get.”