WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville High Wildcatz couldn’t send off their seniors with a victory on senior night as they dropped their rematch against the Christopher High Cougars, 9-7.
After the Cougars jumped out to a two-point lead in the early part of the game Eduardo Valdez scored the first Wildcat goal of the night. However, Christopher scored a late goal in the period and they went into the first break down two.
Both teams struggled in the beginning of the second quarter and it wasn’t until the midway point in the quarter that Christopher finally broke the silence to stretch their lead to three.
The Wildcatz not only made it game, but they took control of it. They scored three goals in just one minute and eleven seconds to tie the game at 4. Then Valdez scored his fourth goal of the night to give the Catz their first lead of the night.
Not to be out done, Christopher scored a goal to tie it up before the half.
Valdez opened up the quarter with another goal that put the Catz up by one, but from that point on the game belonged to the Cougars.
They scored four goals in the third quarter and never gave the Catz a chance to do anything on the offensive end.
They cruised through the final quarter for the upset win.
The Catz celebrated their senior class and specifically their two seniors, Alan Medina and Kevin Benitez who were both accepted into MIT.
“It feels amazing that all that hard work has paid off,” said Benitez. “Over here in Watsonville there are fields, so going up to a big city like Boston feels amazing.”
Medina feels the same way but says he will miss his life here.
“It’s bitter sweet,” said Medina. “It think it’s more sweet than bitter though, because I’m going to leave all this behind, but I’m going to a good place.”
Medina will continue playing lacrosse at the University.
Although they couldn’t pull out the victory, both players said they feel blessed to be playing this game.
“I’ve played a lot of other sports,” said Medina. “But I’ve never gotten into any other sport like Lacrosse.”
Benitez also has another reason that he’s playing the sport of Lacrosse.
“It means representing Latinos,” said Benitez. “They normally don’t play lacrosse, we’re representing an entire ethnic group and setting an example for them and I feel good about that.”
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