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Pride girls soccer looks to repeat as champions
Pitman girls soccer
Pitman returns nine starters and is counting on that veteran leadership to propel them to another first place finish (PAWAN NAIDU/The Journal).

The Pitman High girls soccer team is looking to build upon their success from last season when they won the league championship in the shortened spring COVID season.

Due to pandemic related restrictions all games played last season were league games. The Pride finished last season going 7-1-1, including a dominant win against Modesto High School where they won 11-0. They were riding a stellar offense all season with scoring over four goals in almost half their games.

The Pride are led by senior goalie Mya Sanchez, who committed to play at Oregon State University earlier in the week. Fellow senior Hannah Delay and Camila Stephens are also looking to make a big impact after scoring seven goals each last season. Not to be outdone by her older teammates, Lillyana Rodriguez is ready to take the next step after scoring seven goals as well.

With a lot of returning players, the team is ready to build upon last year's success and repeat a league championship.

"I am looking forward to a great season. We have nine starting returners with great chemistry. They have been working hard and are eager to start the season," said head coach Annabel Perez-Rangel.

A couple of games to watch out for are the ones against cross town rival Turlock High School. The Bulldogs and Pride split their two matches last season and Turlock finished right behind the Pride in the standings with a second-place league finish. Those matches are scheduled for Jan. 7 and Jan. 26.

Pitman starts the season with a home game against El Capitan on Nov. 29. League plays starts on Jan. 5 with a road game against Downey High School.