Knights just fall short of goal

Michael Liggins

The San Diego City College men’s soccer team finished out its 2012 season with a grueling 0-1 overtime loss to the Southwestern College Jaguars, bringing an overall dignified season to a close.

The Knights began the season off to a bumpy start, losing to the Long Beach City College Vikings 3-1 back in August. However, the Knights battled back in pre-league play to demonstrate their dominance over Los Angeles county teams. The streak began with an away 2-1 win over the Long Beach City College Vikings. The Knights followed up with a 3-1 home win against the Pasadena City College Lancers. And on the last game before the beginning of league play, the team grinded out a 2-2 tie against Compton City College.  

The Knights maintained an impressive form throughout competition in the Pacific Coast Atheletic Athletic Conference. They remained unbeaten at home in league play, suffering their first loss of the season at Southwestern College. The Jaguars would prove to be the only team that could defeat the Knights in the Southern California region. The team gave the MiraCosta Spartans a 5-0 thrashing away in Oceanside. Next the Knights completely shut out the Imperial Valley Arabs away in El Centro, with an amazing 7-0 game. 

During play at PCAC, the Knights men’s soccer team recorded nine wins, five ties, and seven losses.

The leading scorer for the Knights this season was sophomore forward Devin Garcia, a Point Loma High School alumni. Garcia notched nine goals and created three assists throughout the season to give him a 36th place standing in most goals scored by a field player in the PCAC. 

Freshman goalkeeper Oscar Vazquez also earned statewide recognition this season. In his first season playing between the post for SDCC, Vazquez made 226 saves and played for over 1400 minutes during the season. He also ranked 28th in the state when it came to goals allowed, keeping his average down to 1.4 per game.

The City College men’s soccer team will be saying farewell to six sophomores following this season. Oscar Vasquez, Fabian Salazar, Jose Torres, Devin Garcia, Bryce Bell and Jameel Sampson will all be moving on to different endeavors in the future.