Scots’ hot start dismantles Tigers


Tripp Garrish

Lara Craciun, a sophomore, pushes the ball up the field in hopes to score.

The Carlmont JV girls soccer team overpowered the Terra Nova Tigers 8-1, while chatter over poor sportsmanship stirred.

With three goals in the first 10 minutes of play, the Scots took the lead and never looked back.

“We came out with more energy than Terra Nova, and we focused on setting the tone of the game by building a lead early,” said Ava Bozic, a sophomore.

Audrey Ziman, a freshman, found the net first and was soon followed by goals from sophomores Cali Shohet and Lara Craciun. Shohet then connected to Craciun for another goal to close out the half.

The second half had the same in store for the Scots, as both Ziman and Craciun earned hat tricks. But multiple times throughout the second half, the JV boys soccer team was told to quiet down because their loud nature was distracting the Tigers’ goalkeeper.

“I tip my hat to the girls. They played a great game, but the boys team that was behind our goal displayed extremely poor sportsmanship. They were disturbing my keeper the whole second half, even after multiple warnings,” said Michael Trayler, the Terra Nova head coach.

The boys team had a different opinion, though.

“When the Carlmont keeper was in front of us, we were the same volume, so we weren’t trying to be disruptive. We’ve practiced the same way the entire year, and this is the first time someone has complained,” said Jack Villagrand, a sophomore.

The controversy off the field didn’t seem to faze the Lady Scots, though, as their intensity propelled them through the game.

“The dispute off the field is out of our control, but our energy and attitude are inside of our control. We played with high energy and kept good spirits, which was the reason we won today,” said Clarissa Lai, a sophomore.

Earlier this season, the Scots faced the Tigers and finished the game with a similar outcome, a 7-0 victory. This illustrates the team’s continuous fire, as beating a team twice in a row is a tough feat.

“Our quick start ended the Tiger’s revenge hopes because we really demoralized them,” Bozic said.

The Scots will attempt to recreate their performance against Terra Nova when they take the pitch again on Feb. 13, against Sequoia at 6 p.m.