Fall semester looks promising for student athletes

LaShawn Encarnacion

Some teams had success last year while others came up short but with a new season comes a clean slate and new goals and for some, a chance at redemption.

The City College men’s soccer team is coming off a dominant performance in the 2012 season and Second Place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

“Traditionally a strong program for City College, it looks like the 2013 season will be no different, just the same dominant brand of Knights soccer,” said Dean of Health, Exercise Science and Athletics Kathy McGinnis.

With two new assistant coaches and only two returning players, the women’s soccer team will be freshmen heavy, but with off-season workouts the team is developing promise as they look to improve on last year’s Sixth Place PCAC finish.

Cross country is a toss-up, with both teams looking like anything can happen. The men’s squad is all freshmen (carrying some great high school recruits) while the women’s squad is a roster that is large in number.

The women’s volleyball team has a large number of returning players and will add some top freshman recruits. Throw in summer volleyball camp and conditioniong and you have a team that is primed to overcome their Fourth Place finish in the PCAC last year.

McGinnis, also said that the recent suspension of three players from the men’s volleyball team will not affect the upcoming season.

She explained that Coach Samuelson and the 2014 season will have a clean slate and that conditioning camp will help prepare them to right the wrongs of a season ago.

A new sport could also come to City in the form of sand volleyball. The sport —- a recent development in the PCAC —- could become a program in the spring after approval by the California Community College Athletic Association.

For a list of times and locations of sporting events, please checkout the school website athletics section at: http://www.sdcity.edu/Athletics