A year ago the Southwest High boys soccer team struggled through mediocrity.
This year things are different. This year Southwest is arguably the best high school soccer team in the Imperial Valley, thanks largely to possibly the best player in the Valley, 16-year-old junior Joshua Mora.
On Dec. 18 Mora helped the Eagles kick off play in the Imperial Valley League by dishing out an assist as Southwest beat Brawley Union High 2-1 in double overtime. Tied 0-0 in the first OT, Mora set up teammate Luis Montes, who scored the first goal of the extra frame.
While his final statistics weren't as impressive as Montes, who scored two goals, it was the little things that Mora did, things that are sometimes unnoticed, that made the difference.
"I was just trying to be a leader and control the team to help keep them focused. Because if a player loses their head, then they can't control the way they play," said Montes, a team captain.