Making the playoffs is a difficult task, but it doesn't seem that way for the Dehli High Hawks. The Hawks clinched a postseason berth for the seventh consecutive season on Thursday after notching a 2-1 win over Southern Athletic League foe Mariposa County High.
"To me, I just take one year at a time and every year like I tell the kids it’s a different year,” said head coach Armando Salazar. “There’s no next year and we learn from that, but it’s been a successful few years; I don't point them out we just come out every year and play hard and we just try to do the best that we can with what we get."
Since 2008, Delhi boys soccer has not only made the postseason every year but they have not finished any lower than third, which includes at least eight league wins during that time.
In Thursday’s game against the Grizzlies, the Hawks came out firing away against a very physical opponent as the first half ended in a stalemate, 0-0.
After Delhi scored its first goal in the second half, Mariposa responded with the tying goal less than five minutes after.
Both squads were attacking back and forth until stoppage time.
At this point, Delhi was given a corner kick and on the set piece, Arturo Martinez was able to net the game winning goal at the far end for the final play of the game.
Delhi’s first playoff game has yet to be announced against an opponent yet to be determined.