Soccer is considered to be the world’s most popular sport and the same holds true in the east valley. Desert Mirage High School is known for it’s boys’ soccer program but this year, the girls’ program is turning heads.
The Desert Mirage girls’ soccer team is off to their best start in program history.
"We’re 9-1-4," Rams girls’ soccer head coach Jorge Chavez said. "Most of the games we have played we always lose. But this year, the girls have been showing up to practice and working hard. It’s paying off."
The Rams have only allowed one goal per game so far this season.
"We’ve been improving and we show the other high schools that we actually have potential," Junior forward Frabiana Zavala said. "This year is the year. It’s amazing to see us improving and having Chavez as our coach is amazing."
Chavez has coached the sport in the valley for 22-years having 3 CIF and 14 League titles under his belt. Now in his third year as the Rams girls’ soccer head coach, he continues to see improvement.
"It’s an awesome feeling watching them grow, get better, and actually (face) good teams who have a lot of experience," Chavez explained. "The defense has done great. The girls are learning, showing up to practice, and you can see the foot of it. It’s just growing. It’s awesome."