On Friday, Jan. 24, the Royal Palm Beach High School soccer program hosted Inlet Grove High School, and both the Wildcat boys and girls teams posted victories over the Hurricanes to cap senior night.
The boys won 4-1, while the girls shut out their opponents by a score of 8-0. The boys team improved to 14-5-2, and the girls moved to 11-7-1 on the season.
The Wildcat boys started out in a close contest, with a 2-1 halftime advantage, but two second half goals secured the 4-1 victory. The festivities to honor the seniors were conducted during the intermission between games. The boys team had nine seniors, and the girls had four to be recognized. The seniors were escorted down the field with their parents and family members, as the announcer provided play-by-play of each senior’s best memories and future goals.
Many of the seniors have been longtime residents of Royal Palm Beach and started playing together at a young age in recreational and club leagues. Seniors for the boys were Jemmanuel Theus, Eugene Santa, Dominick Grosso, Brando Marcus, Tahj Bailey, Nicholas Peters, Tyler Garey, Kelvin Lopez and Vaun Facey. The four seniors on the girls team were Laney Johnson, Payton Hart, Mia Frozini and Summer Simmons.
The girls team took the field after the ceremony and dominated play from the onset. Johnson, representing the seniors, sparked the scoring less than 10 minutes into the game when she challenged the Hurricanes’ keeper inside the penalty area for the Wildcats’ first score.
The goal ignited the home team to drive in seven more to finish off senior night with victories for both boys and girls.