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Merritt College Men’s Soccer 2014
End to a Great Season; Talented Freshmen to Return in 2015
The Merritt College Men’s Soccer Team finished the season 9-9-3, narrowly missing a playoff birth. Special thanks to sophomore Francisco Mendoza, Alex Lopez, Sean Walker, Martin Garduno, Evan Farmer, Edwin Melgar and Danny Bravo as they move on to bigger and better things. Merritt will be returning a very talented freshman class from this season and expect big things in 2015.
Soccer Team in the Playoff Hunt!
Merritt College Men’s Soccer are currently 8-6-2 and in 3rd place in the Bay Valley Conference. They are very much in the playoff hunt with only 5 games left to play.
Merritt is led by freshman Jesus Maldonado who currently leads the whole state with 15 goals scored. Sophomore captain Francisco Mendoza has had a huge impact on the field chipping in 7 goals and 2 assists. Sophomores Martin Garduno, Sean Walker, Danny Bravo, Evan Walker and Alex Lopez are getting a lot of attention from 4 year coaches as well and have been a huge part of our success.
Soccer Players Successfully Move On!
We are proud to have many Merritt alumni who received athletic scholarships and are contributing to their soccer team at the 4 year level including:
Jason Swihart (Hawaii Pacific)
Jonas Voiron (Holy Named)
Ricardo Nava (Southwestern)
Julio Cervantes (University of Pacific)
Michael Tieku (Cal State East Bay)
Roberto Llamas (Adams State)
Our next home game is Tuesday, October 28th at 4:00PM against Yuba College. I encourage any faculty, staff, family, friends, etc to attend. Admission is free. Please come support in our quest for a 2nd straight playoff appearance.
Merritt College Soccer
Head Men’s Coach
Congratulations to the 2014 college commits that have moved on to play soccer at the four-year level:
2014 College Commits
Julio Cervantes- University of Pacific
Roberto Llamas – Adams State (pictured above, top)
Michael Tieku – California State East Bay (pictured above)
2013 College Commits
Carlos Sanchez – UC Irvine
Ricardo Nava – Southwestern College
2012 College Commits
Jonas Voiron – Holy Names University
Jason Swihart – Hawaii Pacific
Hugo Ramirez – Holy Names University
Thanks to everyone for their support of Merritt College Men’s Soccer for the 2013 season!
The Thunderbirds made it to the playoffs for first time in school history and won the Bay Valley Conference for first time, finishing first in the state in goals scored. Our historic season ended with a 4-2 playoff loss to powerhouse Santa Rosa on November 23. We played our playoff game missing a few key players due to injury.
The team finished overall with a 13-4-4 record, which is by far our best record ever. And with only losing five sophomores this season, our future looks very bright.
Congratulations to all who received awards in this amazing season:
Bay Valley Conference Forward of the Year: Francisco Mendoza
Bay Valley Conference Midfielder of the Year: Niall Irwin
Bay Valley Conference Coach of the Year: Zach Sullivan
1st Team All-Conference
- Julio Cervantes
- Niall Irwin
- Francisco Mendoza
- Michael Tieku
- Jesus Garcia
- Jose Alonso
2nd Team All-Conference
- Omar Rubio
- Martin Garduna