The Cambrian

Boys soccer: Coast Union boys soccer challenged in January

The Coast Union varsity boys soccer team has its work cut out over the next week. The 4-3 Broncos play home matches against King City on Friday, Jan. 15, against Avenal on Jan. 19, and against Templeton on Jan. 21. “All worthy opponents,” coach Moises Jimenez added.

While Jimenez doesn’t like to single out any one of his players with praise — calling Bronco soccer matches a “team effort” — he does recognize the good job performed by several players, including his junior goalkeeper, Juan Carlos Saavedra.

“The defense stands out on our team, and Juan Carlos like all good goalkeepers shows leadership and sees a lot of the field,” Jimenez states.

Jimenez, in his eighth year of coaching boy’s soccer at Coast Union, mentions that Omar Catalan— a junior and co-captain with Saavedra — is a “very vocal and a very strong mid-fielder” bringing the ball down-field.

“He’s better in soccer than he is in football,” the coach explains, which is saying something given that Catalan is a fine football player and a terrific place-kicker.

Two other players received kudos from Jimenez — senior Terek Hopkins and freshman Victor Casas. Hopkins has performed well as a defender — “he is very strong,” Jimenez states — and Casas, from Brazil, has been a “great addition to our team.”

Coach Jimenez, who is bilingual, is an employee at Coast Union—working in the English Language Development area. Yes, he is pleased with the effort his 2010 team is putting out, but he is thrilled at the prospects for 2011 in that only three of his 16 players will graduate this spring.

Those in the community who love the fast pace of soccer can see the Bronco varsity squad at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, on the Coast Union campus, as they try to improve to 5-3 against King City.

— John FitzRandolph, special to The Cambrian