Bush Boys Soccer Repeats as Emerald Sound Conference Champs
For the second straight year, the Bush Boys Soccer team can call themselves champions. On Thursday, May 12 at Washington Park, the Blazers repeated as Emerald Sound Conference champions, defeating University Prep, 4-1.
“Congratulations to the boys soccer team for winning their second consecutive Emerald Sound Conference Championship,” Athletics Director Jo Ito said. “The team played at an incredibly high level all season long and they brought the same intensity to today's championship game. Coming in as the defending champion, they had a target on their back from the start of the season, but they kept their composure. Coach Marcelino Dumpit—who was recently voted Coach of the Year for the second year in a row—and his assistant coaches, found the right balance between challenging the athletes throughout the season, and providing times for team bonding, and rest and recovery.”
On a rainy afternoon, the Blazers (14-1) struck first as Kaito H. ’22 found Rex K. ’22 to make it 1-0 in the first minute of play. Kaito added a goal of his own off an Isaac A. ’24 assist to go up 2-0. The Blazers offense continued to click as Isaac found the back of the net before the first half of play ended to put the Blazers up 3-0. Isaac added one more goal of insurance to make it 4-0 early in the second half. University Prep’s offense added one goal, but couldn’t mount a comeback.
Next up, Bush will head into the 1A Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association State Tournament next week as one of the top seeds. The Blazers will find out their exact seed and placement on Sunday, May 15.
“I know this team is hungry for more and I am so grateful that we are able to provide them with the opportunity to play in the state tournament this year - an opportunity the seniors didn't have for two years,” Jo said. “I know the team can't wait for state to start next week. They'll leave their all on the field, for their current and past teammates."