The boys soccer team at Culver City High School is elevating the program’s already ambitious standards.
Traditionally, the Centaurs have produced competitive teams.
Now they want to reach championship level every year.
Last season they won the Ocean League championship for the first time in many years, and ow they intend to repeat. a
“I love the diversity of talent we have,” said assistant coach Michael Castillo after last week’s 2-0 win over Lennox Academy.
“We may not be the biggest, strongest or fastest. But we are one of the hardest working and one of the smartest teams.” and we also have fun out here.”
A 2010 Culver City graduate, Castillo teaches social studies and P.E. at the Culver City Middle School.
With his two degrees from Loyola Marymount University, he appears to be a perfect role model for this young team.
“I love the Culver City schools so much,” said Castillo, “I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else.”
Coach Louie Espeleta’s 6-3 team plays at El Segundo on Wednesday at 3. The next home game is Friday, Jan. 12, against Lawndale at 6.
Castillo described the Centaurs as “young with a lot of talent.
“Not as talented as last year, but we have some very good players.”
He said chemistry is the key.
Sebastian Jorge Mejia is an impressive sophomore who plays with passion and energy.
“This is my dream to play soccer high school soccer at a high level,” said Mejia. “I have been playing for six years. I love the competition.”
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