Patriots win on new turf

first_img“I remember going to Balboa Field as a freshman and Pierce College (last season). It’s a different feeling getting out of class and coming down here, instead of having to drive somewhere else.” Construction began on Ring Field in June, with an original completion date targeted for early January. Although the Patriots had their debut delayed, they wasted no time getting accustomed to the Sprint Turf surface, practicing on it Monday morning. “I drove by the field at 7 a.m. (Monday) and saw them practicing, and I had a chill (down) my spine,” Viewpoint headmaster Robert Dworkoski said. “There’s a lot to be said about having a home-field advantage. But it really isn’t yours if you’re playing on someone else’s fields. Before, our students had to leave classes early for home games.” Viewpoint boys’ and girls’ soccer coach Travis Kikugawa was the first to arrive at Monday’s practice. “It’s been an unbelievable journey,” said Kikugawa, whose team won its 17th consecutive league game. “It speaks to the values (of) our athletic program and how they believe in us and what they instill in us. Even when we practiced at Balboa or at Pierce or in the gym, they never made excuses and they always made the best of what they had. That’s why it’s still shocking to see all of this.” It took nearly eight months for Viewpoint of Calabasas to build its on-campus soccer and football field. It took less than a minute for Ida Shahmoradi to put the net on the visiting goal to good use. Senior Alex Stabler, one of the central figures in Viewpoint’s rise to prominence in Div. VI, helped the Patriots (15-3-3, 11-0) clinch a third consecutive league title Tuesday. “Playing on senior day was really special,” Stabler said. “This is the culmination of four years. The soccer program is well-received throughout the student body and you can see the pride we all have.” Senior Christina Dickens is excited about the prospect of playing a first-round playoff home game Feb. 16. “It’s really important to us,” she said. “It’s like a whole different school now. It feels really good.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Shahmoradi recorded a hat trick Tuesday, including the first goal 52 seconds into the match, to lead Viewpoint to a 9-0 Liberty League girls’ soccer victory over rival Milken Community of Los Angeles in the first game played at Ring Field. “It’s just amazing. It’s the perfect field,” said Shahmoradi, one of Viewpoint’s three seniors, who were honored following the Patriots’ final regular-season home game. last_img

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