Soccer climbs to No. 6
09.03.2013 | By Amanda L. Booren
Unbeaten at 3-0, SJC soccer climbs to No. 6
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By: John Bechtle for sanjacsports.com -- September 4, 2013
HOUSTON - San Jacinto College’s home debut was a thrill a minute as the men’s soccer team kept up its early season scoring barrage with an 8-0 shutout victory over Ranger College Aug. 31 on the South Campus.
Pablo Vazquez (Madrid, Spain / El Burgo de las Rozas) got in on the act with a goal and two assists as San Jacinto College, ranked 6th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) regular season poll, moved to 3-0 with a second straight shutout.
The team began the season at No. 17 in the country but has turned some heads with an early offensive barrage.\
Freshman forward O’Neal Moore (Houston / Alief Taylor HS), a big piece to the puzzle early this season, got things started in the 10th minute. Moore’s fourth goal of the season came on an assist by Seoane and started a big run by the locals.
In the final four minutes of the first half, Monteiro scored a goal to go with two for Seoane for a 7-0 lead. Monteiro’s goal was the lone scoring action of the second half.
Michael Rich (Friendswood/ Friendswood HS) earned his second win of the season in the nets for San Jacinto, facing little attack from Ranger.
San Jacinto College head coach Ian Spooner knows he likely cannot count on this type of offensive production as the season progresses, but he’ll take it. He certainly likes the way established standouts like Seoane (team-leading five goals), Vasquez and Amestoy have blended their talents with newcomers including Moore and Ibarra. All told, 10 different players have scored this season through the three games. Five got in on goal-scoring against Ranger.
Thus, opposing defensive units have not been able to focus on locking down on bona fide scoring threats Seoane and others.
“Yes, it’s great to be able to have a balanced attack in the front,” Spooner said. “The sophomores have really stepped up and shown the way, and some of the freshmen have played well and closed the (competitive) gap. I’m very pleased with the way all of the guys are trusting each other and working together. At the end of the day, all you can do is take it one game at a time and make each and every practice and game as competitive as possible.”
Rich has been solid in goal, and hasn’t faced much pressure along the way. The defense has been that good.
“That’s been encouraging, especially in that last season we just let in too many goals as the season closed out,” Spooner said.
That defensive group will ultimately play a huge role in the overall success of the team.
Three wins over relatively unproven opponents are great, but Spooner knows the ultimate tests lie ahead.
After downing Ranger Aug. 31, the team has just one scheduled game over a 12-day span, that coming Sept. 8 at Richland College in Dallas. San Jacinto will then take on defending national champion and current No. 1 ranked Tyler Sept. 13, at home.
“We just need to keep playing good soccer and having good training sessions day after day,” Spooner said. “We’re clearly happy about the start to the season but we also know what the ultimate goal is.”
That goal includes eventually replacing Tyler as the Region XIV representative at nationals.
“It’s a good start, but we’ve also missed some chances,” Spooner added. “I like that we have developed some chemistry and have some scoring options on the offensive end. Defensively, we have surrendered one goal on a counter attack. We just have to keep it going.”
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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.