Marshall Girls’ Soccer claim the California Interscholastic Southern Section Division 5
This year, the Marshall Fundamental Girls’ soccer team placed first in the Mission Valley League with a 12-0 record. They then went on to claim the California Interscholastic Southern Section Division 5 Championship with a 5-0 record. Their overall record was 26-3, before their season ended in the CIF State Regional Division 4 semifinal round. This is only the second time in school history that girls’ soccer has won the CIF title, with the first being in 2014, and the farthest they have ever made it in post-season games.
Coach Erika Prado and assistant coach Stephanie Romero both took on this team this year, their first year on Marshall’s staff. From the beginning, Coach Prado put an emphasis on bonding both amongst the players and between the players and the coaching staff. She says that she did her best to tell the team her story and show that she was outgoing and personable. She frequently organized team-bonding events, especially in the days leading up to championship games. It is clear that this bonding was essential to the success of the team.
Between the coach, assistant coach, their manager Kate Jennings, injured players on the sidelines, girls JV coach Eddie Maya and his team, family, friends, and the entire Marshall Fundamental student and staff population, the girls soccer team had an incredible support to lean on. The stands were packed edge-to-edge at home and playoff games, and their success this year has definitely fostered even more school spirit within the student population. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the team in the future, and for those players graduating this year. Congratulations to the Marshall Fundamental girls’ soccer team, and to many more successful seasons!
-- By Katherine Jennings