Men’s soccer sweeps opening weekend

08.26.2013 | By Amanda L. Booren

Men’s soccer sweeps opening weekend

Media Contact: Amanda L. Booren
By: John Bechtle for -- August 27, 2013


HOUSTON - There were high fives and pats on the back all around as the San Jacinto College men’s soccer team opened the regular season with a pair of convincing wins at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) round robin tournament in Perkinston, Miss.

San Jac downed JUCO newcomer Eastern Florida State College 3-1 Aug. 24, getting a pair of goals from returning All-American Jose “Sito” Seoane (Coruna, Spain / Nuestra Senora del Carmen) along the way.

The locals wrapped up the tournament with a 6-0 shutout of host Mississippi Gulf Coast as freshman O’Neal Moore (Houston / Alief Taylor HS ) scored twice, giving him three goals for the two games. Seoane also scored again to give him three scored early on.

“It was definitely a good building block for us over the weekend,” San Jacinto College head coach Ian Spooner said. “A lot of guys got some playing time and saw positive results. By no means did we play our best soccer in either match, but we’re pleased to be where we are.”

Entering the season, Spooner knows he can expect a great deal from players such as Seoane, Pablo Vasquez (goal, two assists in the wins), goalkeeper Michael Rich (Friendswood / Friendswood HS) and Ezequiel Amestoy (Asturias, Spain / IFS Asturen), who scored one of the team’s goals against MGCCC.

Seeing freshmen like Moore, who had three goals combined in the two wins, Carlos Ibarra (assist)(Houston / J. Frank Dobie HS) and Gilberto Martinez (assist) (Houston / J. Frank Dobie HS) along with Gonzalo Orozco (Houston / Humble HS ) also pleased Spooner.

“It was definitely good to get some of the freshmen in there and allow them to get their feet wet, so to speak,” said Spooner, who is in his second season as the team’s head coach and fifth overall.

“We took a step forward as a team. But it’s one step. The big thing is the guys got to see that we need everybody to play well and to play as a team. There are some great individual players on this team and many others out there, but the teams who play as one unit – for the team – are the most successful.”

After three tedious weeks of practice, the opening-weekend road trip and now the start of classes, the players will have a chance to settle into more of a routine now. The team is also excited about its home opener Saturday, Aug. 31 against Ranger College. Match time is 6 p.m., on the College’s South campus.

“Ranger is another good team, so it’s going to be a good test for us,” Spooner said. “Right now the guys are feeling good, but we also know there’s a lot of soccer to be played. So far, I feel really good about our potential.”

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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