The Bucs, under head coach Joe Panian, finished with a record of 12-3-1. This included winning their league with a mark of 7-1. Mission Bay was defeated in the quarterfinal round of CIFs.
According to Panian, key players this season included Victor Lopez (defender/leader) and Enrique Moreno (midfielder/playmaker).
“The team had a great season,” Panian noted. “They went 12 games unbeaten (lost first game of season and last one). They are a good group of guys who came together this year. They won league and got the No. 1 seed for the playoffs. We scored 32 goals this season (two per game) and allowed 16 (one per game).”
Panian added that the Bucs did not have one dominant goal scorer, rather it was a team effort with 10 different players scoring this year (five goals by one player was the most).
Mission Bay lost in overtime of its CIF quarterfinal match to Mission Vista (who ended up winning CIF).
“That would be the only area that we fell short this season, which was heartbreaking for this great team to lose in the quarterfinals,” Panian added.
Under head coach Jorge Palacios, the Bucs went 11-4-3, losing in the first round of the Division II CIFs.
According to Palacios, leaders this season included Camrin Peaslee (16 goals), Juliette Tran (eight goals), Gina Queck (most impactful) and Andrea Clemente (most minutes played).
“This was a young team (only two seniors) that played very well in higher divisions and got big wins over Patrick Henry, Serra, and Christian in the league,” Palacios remarked.
Palacios pointed out that injuries disappointingly struck at the end of the season.
“Still, it was a promising first season in Division II and with almost the entire team coming back, expectations will be high going into 2019,” Palacios added.