Last season, the Carlmont High School boys’ soccer team’s run in the Central Coast Section playoffs ended almost before it began — a 3-0 loss to Bellarmine in the opening round.
Rebounding from that loss, and starting another run for a playoff berth, has gotten under way on the pitch for the Scots, who were off to a 1-1-1 start. But the building blocks to the Scots’ chances this can be found off the pitch as well.
“They are a great group of hard-working kids,” Carlmont coach Jodi Beloff said as she watched her Scots running drills this past week. “They are really a team in the truest sense of the word both on and off the field.”
No matter what the assignment, the Scots come together to help each other out.
“They’ll help each other with on-field strategy and off the field with school homework,” Beloff said. “They really come together for each other.”
Even though the team has displayed a close bond, the Scots still have a ways to go when it comes to the upcoming season.
“We’re still [figuring] out our team right now,” Beloff said. “We‘ve got a good group of players with varsity experience and some players that can come up from the frosh-soph team and contribute, too.”
The Scots have a handful of nonleague games left to play to work out any bugs in the team’s system. But their Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division opener at Terra Nova on Jan. 5 looms, as do games against Burlingame and
“Burlingame and Sequoia were the teams to beat last year,” Beloff said. “I anticipate that they’ll be the teams to beat again this year.”
Last season, the Scots finished fourth in the Bay Division with a 5-2-2 mark and an overall record of 8-6-3 that was good enough to get them into the CCS playoffs. But Carlmont could not solve Bellarmine, who was dispatched in the next round by Serra, in the opening round.
Beloff and the Scots will rely on their three team captains — A.J. Beloff, Jackson Campbell and Kevin Petrie — to lead the club both offensively and defensively this season, and hopefully get them deeper into the playoffs.
Goalie Will Stambaugh will be the Scots’ last line of defense and Beloff expects a solid performance from her net-minder. Beloff is also looking over a group of players on the frosh-soph team that could find some minutes in varsity games this year as well.