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Boys soccer walks the Orange Cove field before their game, Dec. 9.

Boys and girls soccer to compete in annual Garces tournament

Every year, the FC boys and girls soccer teams have traveled to Bakersfield to compete in the Garces Holiday Soccer Festival tournament, dating back to 2000. The Garces tournament, which is hosted by Garces Memorial High School, started in 1994. Each year, the tournament has grown in the number of teams that participate. It is up to about 200 teams now. The tournament is Dec. 18-19.

The boys head soccer coach, Matt Markarian, has gone to Garces for 14 years. This year he is hopeful for positive results.

“I expect to go to garces and compete hard for three games,” Markarian said. “If we play our game we should do very well, maybe even win a trophy. This team is ahead of last years team and will be fine as the year goes on. We are playing a lot of young players like Brandon (Brogan), Griffin (Schmidt), and Alex (Rurik) who are learning how to mesh with the returners. Chemistry is always boosted after garces and we always go and have a good time.”

For Sophomore Carlee Whipple, it will be her second year playing at the Garces tournament. After last years tournament, Whipple has been looking forward to Garces this year.

“I’m super excited to play this year,” Whipple said. “I played in it last year and I had so much. It had me looking forward to the next year of playing in it. I really want to win and score some goals.”

My favorite part was definitely the White Elephant gift exchange, whether they were goofy or useful, my teammates always found a way to make the whole team laugh. — Jordan Castro, FC alumni

FC alumni Jordan Castro participated in four years of the Garces tournament. His favorite part was not playing, but the team bonding aspect.

“My favorite part was definitely the White Elephant gift exchange, whether they were goofy or useful, my teammates always found a way to make the whole team laugh,” Castro said. “I played on the team for four years, and attended Garces all four years. My favorite memory was playing Kern Valley, because they were not all that great and our team was able to get the confidence we needed to carry us into the season.”

As the preseason has helped start to fix parts in performance on the field, Garces is a prime opportunity to bond and increase team friendship. This chemistry will hopefully ride over to league play to help a successful season.

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