All-conference City Knights

David Pradel, Sports Editor

Now that the fall sports have come to an end, many San Diego City College athletes that competed in soccer and volleyball were named to the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference teams, as it was announced at the end of November.

The San Diego City College women’s soccer team had a total of six players named to the first all-conference team. Out of six, two freshmen, star midfielder Jennifer Inacio and defender Stephanie Merida were selected. With a total of six shutout games in the season, sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Guerrero was named, along with her two sophomore star defenders, Morgan Heppner and Lannet Sanchez.

“I was so excited to have six of our players selected to the PCAC first team, they played their hearts out in every match this season and truly deserved this recognition for their skills and hard work,” said Women’s Soccer Head Coach Andi Milburn. “Without the collective effort of all members of the team we would not have seen the success we did, especially towards the end of the season. This team really pulled together and got the job done, I am so proud of each and every one of them.”

With a total of five goals scored in the season and five assists, sophomore forward and midfielder Rebecca Garcia also was named to the first all-conference team and was named the PCAC Offensive Player of the Year. Garcia also was selected to play in the Sophomore Showcase soccer game on Dec. 6.

“Receiving the PCAC Offensive Player of the Year was the perfect way for (Garcia) to finish up her career here at City – I can’t think of anyone more deserving of such an honor. She is one of the most outstanding athletes that I have had the pleasure to work with her natural talent, work ethic, leadership skills and character. We are graduating an incredible group of sophomores that will be missed greatly next year, but we wish them the best as they continue on to four year schools,” Milburn added.

The men’s soccer team featured four players being named to the first all-conference team. Sophomore forward Daniel Morales was named. He finished the season by leading the Knights with a total of six goals and had a shots-on-goal percentage of .697.

Sophomore defender Ethan Sauls and sophomore midfielder Roberto Diaz were also named. Sophomore defender Enrique Maldonado also made the conference team and was named the PCAC Defensive Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-10 defender didn’t record any goals throughout the season but was the Knights’ star defender and helped lead the team during the second half of the season during their 11-game unbeaten streak.

“I think it was appropriate because I see (Maldonado) as our team MVP – I think if we lost him, we wouldn’t have done as good and he played such a key position for us that he would’ve been so hard to replace during the season,” said Men’s Soccer Head Coach Milton Hidalgo. “I think that the (sophomores) that were named to the first team were all well-deserved and I think all four of the guys can play at the next level.”

The men’s team also featured four freshman players being named to the second all-conference team. Midfielders Jose Portilla, Gerardo Lopez and Tabu Okello were named along with goalkeeper Ricardo Durazo.

On the women’s volleyball team, sophomore outside hitter Karlee Troeh was named to the first all-conference team. Troeh led the Knights to many hard-earned victories and finished the season ranked third in the PCAC with 399 points, recorded 209 kills and averaged 3.96 kills per set.

Sophomore outside hitter Lisette Kelly was named to the second all-conference team.

Throughout the year, Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Kevin Pratte expressed multiple times on how he was pleased on how Troeh and Kelly led the team with their leadership skills and wok ethic in practices. Pratte recently said that both Troeh and Kelly are receiving offers from four year universities to play at the next level and are in the process on making their decision.

With many athletes receiving the honor of being named to all-conference teams, it also reflects off the coaches as Acting Athletic Director Larry Maxey expressed.

“We are very proud of our athletes and their individual accomplishments it shows their outstanding ability and is a reflection of their hard work. What I appreciate the most is that it reflects positively on the coaching and on the team. Among other things, a coach is charged with putting their athletes in the best position to be successful and the success of these athletes demonstrates that they were coached up well and that they worked within the framework of the team because there is no individual success without team success,” Maxey said.