Final game results in tears

Sophomore Nixon Chavarria sweeps away the ball from a Pembroke Hill player in the final game of the Aztecs' season.

Sophomore Nixon Chavarria sweeps away the ball from a Pembroke Hill player in the final game of the Aztecs’ season.

Bernice Gurrola and Andrea Martinez, Conexión Azteca

It was a cloudy and chilly afternoon as the players fought to win the district championship. The atmosphere at the game had grown tense due to the perceived referees unfairness. The crowd was losing it as the players stressed out on the soccer field.

On Oct. 30, the Alta Vista boys’ soccer team played against Pembroke Hill, ending the season with a loss of 2-4 in front of teachers, friends and family.

“It was fun and people were cheering, but it was also very intense due to the referees,” math teacher Connor Nowalk said.

The emotion led to the team players receiving several yellow cards. According to Alta Vista’s soccer coach Isao Osuga, the players managed to control their frustration and didn’t take it out on each other like he would expect them to, since at that point the players normally start blaming each other.

“The game on Tuesday took a lot out of us because we really didn’t have enough time to prepare for Thursday’s game against Pembroke. It was a combination of being tired, and we played a really good team,” Osuga said.

The outcome of the last game interfered with a lot of the players’ emotions and resulted in tears.

“We should’ve won the game because we tried our best, but there are some things that we can’t control, like the referees, which is what kept us from winning,” senior Edwin Ramirez said.

Out of four years of coaching the Alta Vista players, Osuga felt like this last game was one of the best.

“It was the best game out of all my years coaching because we created a family at that point; we won together, and we lost together,” Osuga said.

According to Osuga, they had hope, which led the players to give it all on the field.

“We believed that we could do it and pull it off. Therefore, it was one of the most important games that we have ever played. It meant a lot to many of the players,” Osuga said.