Max Bluemel is no stranger to winning Central Section girls soccer championships at Frontier; he’s done it three times in the past six years.
But this one will stick out to Bluemel, who is the BVarsity Girls Soccer Coach of the Year, partly because of the path the Titans took (they dominated a deep Southwest Yosemite League full of Division I teams) and partly because of his players’ attitude.
“We kind of broke through the glass ceiling that was holding us back, with leadership and the dynamics of the team we had,” Bluemel said. “Once we settled in to who was going to be the leaders, we knew we had players that were willing to follow.”
The result was a team that was among the section’s best in any division. Frontier was 23-3-1 with 20 shutouts. The Titans didn’t allow a goal in SWYL play and didn’t lose after an early January setback to Garces. They avenged that loss to the Rams with a 1-0 victory in the Division II section championship.
“The record we had, the record number of shutouts, no goals scored on us in league, all of that was just unbelievable to have as a coach,” Bluemel said. “I never thought I would have that in my life.
“These girls definitely took it to the next level. I’ve had great championships, but this one was unbelievable, and it was a nod to those championships before us.”