Boys soccer falls short of CCS championship in thrilling game


Cedrik von Briel

Junior Benny Bogyo (15) and senior Diego Ruiz (10) look on during a recent Woodside home game against M-A. Despite a fantastic playoff run, Woodside ultimately lost to Archbishop Mitty in Saturday’s hard-fought final

Cedrik von Briel, Managing Editor

Woodside Varsity Boys soccer fell just short of a California Coast Section [CCS] championship win on Saturday, losing to Archbishop Mitty 2-1 in San Jose.

The game marked their first return to the CCS final since 1980 and came after numerous clutch playoff and regular-season wins 

“Overall, we probably could have done better in the final,” junior and team co-captain, Benny Bogyo, said. “Honestly, I think it was just a good season. We really turned it around for CCS.”

The game started off at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning with high hopes for Woodside, coming off a dominating postseason and featuring an abundance of talent.

“Diego Ruiz, Alexis Cardenas, Oscar [Salinas], Juan [Saravia]. The seniors were really strong this year,” junior and midfielder, Lorenzo Pepe, described. 

Mitty scored twice within 30 minutes, followed by a brilliant free kick from Ruiz that made it 2-1 before the break. Despite fighting hard for the rest of the match, the game ended with that score after 90 minutes. 

“We had all the momentum, we had a few more chances end of the first half,” Bogyo, who is a striker for the team, stated. “If we had put those away, we could have maybe won the game, but then halftime sort of stopped our momentum.”

Despite the tough loss, Pepe says he’s proud of what the team accomplished this year

“We played our best. We tried our best. It was a fun season. I can’t complain… I had a great time,” he concluded.