Boys Soccer defeats Cupertino High School 4-1

Matadors’ intensity allows them to dominate CHS


Anna Jerolimov

The team raises senior Remy Haghighi in a celebratory cheer after winning the game against Cupertino High School 4-1.

The Varsity Boys Soccer team defeated Cupertino High School 4-1 on Thursday, Jan. 20, after scoring two goals during each half of the game, bringing its league record to 3-2-1. 

Compared to its previous three games, which ended in two losses and a tie, the team improved on its offensive play and got more shots on the opponent’s goal. Junior Guru Gopinath attributes these improvements to the team’s increased communication, which he believes has not been present in their last games.  

With the first goal scored by senior Remy Haghighi halfway through the first half, closely followed by a second goal scored by senior Shervin Jalilvand, the team finished the first half with a strong lead and a score of 2-0. Because of this, the team entered the second half with high intensity and created many opportunities to take shots, resulting in them earning two more goals — the first by Gopinath and the second by senior Eakraj Raut. 

The team did experience a fallout in communication, which caused CHS to score a goal during the second half, but unlike their previous games, MVHS was able to block CHS from scoring any additional goals. Junior Abhiram Tatavarty believes that the team’s effort to bring the energy back up in the game helped them transition from a series of losses into this win. 

“[The] last few weeks were a little scrappy for us,” Tatavarty said. “Our intensity was down, we got scored on [and] we didn’t pick [our energy] up. But this week, we started our Fremont game pretty strong. The intensity was a little low, but still, we came out strong in the beginning and [our intensity] continued today and we pulled [the win] off.”