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Lady Eagles seeded No. 1 for CIF Central Section Division VI playoffs

UPDATE Feb. 20.

The No. 1 seed Eagles defeated Mendota High, 4-0, Feb. 16, and will host No. 4 Riverdale in the semi-finals of the CIF Central Section Division VI playoffs, Feb. 20. Game time is set for 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 students/seniors, $7 adults. Children 5 and under are free.

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Do or Die. The meaning of playoffs and mentality of the campus girls varsity soccer team as they host their first playoff game as the No. 1 seed. The girls won seven out of ten games in West Sequoia League play, securing their first playoff game at home against Mendota, Feb. 16.

Kaylie Clem | The Feather Online

Freshman Rylee Schwab is currently second in the West Sequoia League in goals and overall points. The Eagles play their first playoff game at home against Mendota, Feb. 16.

The girls will face the winner of Mendota and Immanuel game, Feb. 14. They will then begin play in the Central Section CIF Les Schwab Girls Soccer Championships Division VI  playoffs at the FC stadium, Feb. 16. Game time is set for 6 p.m. The team includes veteran players and newcomers.

New head coach Matt Markarian, the previous boys head coach, has guided this team to the playoffs with the assistance of coach Dave Bynum.

Coach Markarian feels ecstatic to potentially make a run at Valley Champs. He recognizes the talent his team contains and encourages his players to give it all.

“From the beginning of the year we knew we were going to be a good team,” Markarian said. “We have a lot of returning players so we’ve taken the long term approach. Making sure that we’re healthy and that everyone plays their position. My favorite part about playoffs is the fact that everyone plays good, every team is good and every coach is good.

“This team has played together for along time,” Markarian said. “They have had varying degrees of success and I think this year we finally came together, organized and unified behind this run to win a Valley Championship.”

Rylee Schwab, ’21, is entering her first high school playoffs. While new to high school sports, she is not unfamiliar with soccer. According to MaxPreps.com, she currently is second overall in points scored in the West Sequoia League with 29 goals and 18 assists for 76 points. Only Fowler senior Victoria De Leon has more goals and points (32/22/86).

“As a freshman it’s really exciting,” Schwab said. “I know that the playoffs are going to mean the world to the seniors so I’m just going to try and play my hardest for them. There is also a lot of nerves since we’ve worked so hard to get where we are and I hope I can represent my school and team well. I’m looking forward to winning all of our games and becoming Valley Champions. We either go big or go home so we have that mindset and come out strong.”

Head coach Markarian shows off his team’s success on Instagram. The Eagles are the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2003. The last time the campus girls soccer team won the Valley Championship was in 2001.

Come and support your lady Eagles against Mendota at the FC stadium, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. As a playoff game, it will cost money to get in. Ticket prices are $5 students/seniors, $7 adults. Children 5 and under are free.

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