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VWS soccer prepares to play for the title of regional champs

Bianca Arteaga
The VWS varsity soccer team say their final words of encouragement ahead of stepping onto the field before their CIF championship game.

“5… 4… 3… 2… 1!” The VWS soccer team won the CIF Southern Section Division 6 championship game against Arrowhead Christian at their home game on Saturday, February 26th. The day was marked in the Webb history books because the 2021-2022 VWS soccer team is the first ever girls’ school sport to win a CIF championship.

But the fight is not over quite yet. VWS soccer qualified to play in the state regional tournament for the title of regional champions in the Southern California bracket. The state regional tournament is compiled of teams ranging from Division 5-7 who played in their division’s respective CIF championship game.

The soccer team earned the number one seed in the Division 5 state regional tournament and received a first-round bye, which means they gained an automatic win for the quarterfinal round and advanced to the semifinal round.

VWS soccer has worked hard all season with an 18-0 record. The team has fought especially hard for their record, as demonstrated after the amazing comeback against AB Miller in the semifinals game on February 24th.

The Vivian Webb soccer team scored four goals in the second half after being down 3-2 in the first half. The team strives to bring that same energy displayed in their semifinal and championship game to the state regional tournament.

The regional semifinals game will be played this Thursday, March 3rd. The CIF champs will host either Mount Miguel, from San Diego, or GALA, from Los Angeles.

If the team wins on Thursday, they will set themselves up for a possible rematch against the second seed team, Arrowhead Christian, the CIF finalists.

“The girls are feeling very excited about the upcoming [game] and I’m sure there’s a little bit of nerves going around too since we just won CIF and we want to defend our championship title,” said Abbey Cook (‘23), junior team captain of the VWS varsity soccer team. “We need to be very focused when playing these important games especially since the team we might play in the state regional championship is the team we beat 3-2 for the CIF championship.”

The team has been training in preparation for this moment since the start of the season and the players cannot wait to see where they can take VWS next.

“It’s unfortunate that we do not have three full days of practice because of the circumstances, [Unbounded], but I think at the end of the season its less about time in practice and more about rejuvenating and recovering and talking about what the strategy is going into these next few games,” said Malick Mbengue, head coach for the VWS soccer team. “I just keep reminding the players that the season is not over and that we still have history to make.”

*Note: The author of this article is a current player on the VWS varsity soccer team.

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Taylor Crawford
Taylor Crawford, Chief Editor of Culture & Lifestyle
Fitting for the Chief Editor of Culture & Lifestyle, Taylor Crawford (‘23)’s many interests help her create a vibrant presence in her section. As a resident of Glendora, Taylor enjoys playing soccer, shopping, and occasionally reading. She is a member of the VWS varsity soccer team as well as the soccer club Legends FC. She spent her summer in northern California with her church, spending lots of time hanging out with her family and friends cultivating meaningful relationships. Last year, Taylor wrote multiple articles, but she was most proud of iWebb, which is the Webb version of iCarly. Taylor also has leadership roles on campus, as she is a new member of the day student prefect group. Her commitment takes root in seminary, which she partakes in every day before school.  During her free time, she watches her favorite shows, Criminal Minds, Knight and Day, and listens to her favorite artist Justin Bieber. This year, Taylor hopes to leave her legacy in journalism by making more entertaining videos and articles.  Favorite Song: “Valerie” by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse 
Bianca Arteaga
Bianca Arteaga, Public Editor
Do you know many busy bees at Webb? If you don't, then maybe you haven't met Bianca Arteaga ('22)—a self-described bee, she is productive, cheerful, and hardworking. She is, like many productive people, a morning person, and very organized. So perhaps it is no surprise that she is taking on the added challenge of AP Spanish this year, in order to better help people internationally in the future. Bianca eventually wants to become a lawyer and help people worldwide, which she may need Spanish for. For now, Bianca wants to help people locally by using the WCC to teach freshmen and sophomores to love Webb as she does. Bianca's other passion is protecting the environment. Despite being a very busy and successful student, Bianca is also very skilled in the athletic department. She is the varsity softball captain and hopes to continue playing even once she goes to college. Besides her work, Bianca also has a fun side: she loves playing the guitar, is obsessed with Taylor Swift, enjoys watching romcoms, and loves dad jokes. Bianca's many interests, well-balanced lifestyle, and unwavering work ethic truly make her a queen bee! Favorite song: "All Too Well" by Taylor Swift

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