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2015 Season ...

Team captain Gonzalez, Comets win at IVC

IMPERIAL (10-06-2015) -- Coach Dave Whiddon singled out team captain Victor Gonzalez for his leadership role and Palomar broke out of a men's soccer slump with a 4-1 road victory over Imperial Valley on Tuesday.

"We got outstanding play from Victor Gonzalez," Whiddon said. "He was an inspirational leader."

The Comets, who are now 4-6 on the year and 1-2 in conference, broke a 1-1 halftime tie with second-half goals by Jeyson Hirwa, Ralph Soriano and Gonzalez.

Lalo Calleja (right) talled Palomar's first-half goal.

Autry Hailey and Pierce Cole each had three saves in goal.

Cuyamaca turns back Palomar by 3-0 score

SAN MARCOS (10-2-2015) -- Cuyamaca turned back Palomar in a 3-0 men's score match-up on Friday at Minkoff Field.

The Comets got four saves from Pierce Cole and five from Autry Hailey in goal.

"I thought we had a great effort. We actually played well. We have to cut down on the mental mistakes," coach Dave Whiddon said.

"The score doesn't reflect how close the game was."

Palomar's Jeysen Hirwa gets off a shot on goal in the Comets' 4-0 conference loss to host Southwestern on Tuesday at DeVore Stadium in Chula Vista. -- Photo by Russell Scoffin, Southwestern College

Tont's 7-1-2 Jags blank injury-ridden Comets

CHULA VISTA (9-29-2015) -- The Palomar men's soccer team ran into another buzzsaw on Tuesday as the Comets dropped their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opener to Southwestern 4-0 at the Jaguars' DeVore Stadium.

The Comets, playing without four injured starters, hung with the defending conference champions for the first 45 minutes, trailing 1-0 at the half, but wore down.

"It's tough. We're young and not very deep," Palomar coach Dave Whiddon said.

Pierce Cole had six saves in goal in the first half. Autry Hailey had seven saves in the second half.

The Jaguars, who are 7-1-2 on the season, are coached by Cem Tont, who was the Comets' longtime head women's coach. Palomar is 3-5 on the year.

Comeback too little, too late vs. No. 2 Chaffey

SAN MARCOS (9-24-2015) -- Palomar played visiting Chaffey, which came in with the No. 2 power ranking in Southern California and No. 7 in the state, to a 1-1 standoff in the second half of the teams' men's soccer game on Thursday at Minkoff Field.

But it was a matter of too little two late as the Panthers won 4-1 to remain unbeaten for 2015 at 7-0-2.

Victor Gonzalez (left) scored the Comets' goal off Aaron Ruth's assist. Pierce Cole had 11 saves in goal.

Palomar drops to 3-4 on the season.

Host Rams go to 7-1 on year by beating PC

VICTORVILLE (9-22-2015) -- Visiting Palomar dropped a 5-1 non-conference decision to Victor Valley in men's soccer on Tuesday.

Ralph Soriano (right) scored the Comets' goal.

Goalkeepers Autry Hailey (5 saves in the first half) and Pierce Cole (8 saves in the second half) combined for 13 saves.

The Rams advanced to 7-1 on the season.

The Comets are 3-3.

Comets' 3-game win streak ends vs. 4-0 SBCC

SANTA BARBARA (9-11-2015) -- Palomar's three-game men's soccer win streak came to a halt Friday afternoon when the Comets dropped a 4-1 non-conference decision on the road to state powerhouse Santa Barbara City College.

The Vaqueros ran their record to 4-0 on the season, while the Comets fell to 3-2.

Josh Clay scored for Palomar in the 82nd minute, assisted by Kyle Gemmell. Pierce Cole had eight saves in goal.

"I thought we did a good job against a good opponent," coach Dave Whiddon said. We'll continue to improve."

Comets jump out 2-0, win to run record to 3-1

AZUSA (9-08-2015) -- Goals by Jeyson Hirwa (left) in the 27th minute and Mark Mallari in the 48th minute put Palomar two goals in front of Citrus on Tuesday, and the Owls never could catch up as the Comets won 2-1 in a non-conference men's soccer match-up at Citrus College Stadium.

"It was a great team effort," coach Dave Whiddon said after his team advanced to 3-1 with its third straight win. "The winning goal by Hirwa was a special play. We got solid play by Junior Velazquez and Ivan Curiel on defense."

Austin Rizzo assisted on Hirwa's goal and Lalo Vasquez had an assist on Mallari's goal. The game remained 2-0 until Arturo Bueso finally got Citrus on the board in the 68th minute.

That turned out to be all the scoring in a defensive matchup. Led by Velazquez and Curiel, Palomar's defense kept the Owls from getting off a shot on goal against first-half goalkeeper Pierce Cole. Citrus managed two goal attempts against Autry Hailey in the second half.

Palomar wins on road behind 2 Ciochetto goals

NORCO (9-04-2015) -- After splitting its first games at home, Palomar's men's soccer squad went on the road on Friday and continued to improve as the Comets turned back Norco 4-1 in non-conference action.

Coach Dave Whiddon's side got a pair of goals from Joey Ciochetto, a freshman midfielder from Great Oak High School, and two assists from Austin Rizzo, a sophomore midfielder from Temecula Chaparral High.

The Comets scored in the 19th minute (Josh Clay, assisted by Rizzo), the 45th minute (Elijah Lopez, assisted by Ralph Soriano), the 68th minute (Ciochetto, assisted by Lalo Vazquez) and the 78th minute (Ciochetto, assisted by Rizzo).

Pierce Cole and Autry Hailey each had four saves in goal.

"We had a great defensive effort from the back four and a solid performance up top by Joey Ciochetto," Whiddon said.

Palomar's Austin Rizzo, a sophomore midfielder from Chaparral High School in Temecula, gives the Comets a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute as he kicks the ball through Moorpark defende Josue Vargas' legs. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets even record at 1-1 under Whiddon

SAN MARCOS (9-01-2015) -- Palomar evened its men's soccer record under its first-year head coach Dave Whiddon at 1-1 on Tuesday, shutting out Moorpark 3-0  in a non-conference match-up at Minkoff Field.

The Comets took a 1-0 halftime lead on Austin Rizzo's goal off Stone McElderry's assists in the 19th minute. They tacked on a pair of second-half goals, by Ralh Soriano off McElderry's second assist of the day in the 75th minute and by Lalo Vasquez on an assist by Elijah Lopez in the 80th minute.

Autry Hailey recorded three saves in goal in the first half to pick up the win. Pierce Cole had three saves in the second half for the Comets.

"We played well and are improving," Whiddon said. "I'm happy for the boys. It's nice for them to get their first win. We now have four straght road games so we'll have to continue working hard and developing our team play."

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Mark Mallari, a freshman from Great Oak High School in Temecula, gets off a shot on goal against Santa Ana on Thursday. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Freshman goalkeeper Pierce Cole from Mission Vista High makes a save for the Comets. No. 5 is Aaron Ruth. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

New coach cites effort after powerful Dons win

SAN MARCOS (8-27-2015) -- Traditional state and national community college power Santa Ana College ruined Palomar's men's soccer debut under coach Dave Whiddon on Thursday, defeating the Comets 4-0 at Minkoff Field.

"But I was pleased with the effort," Whiddon said. "We need to cut down on mental mistakes, but overall there were more positives than negatives. Santa Ana is a top-tier team in the state so it was a good early test for us."

The young Comets have only one returnee from their 2014 side and suit out 15 freshmen, compared with only five sophomores.

Palomar got 10 goalkeeper saves, five each from freshmen Pierce Cole out of Mission Vista High School and five from Autry Hailey (Mission Hills High).

The Dons have captured two National Soccer Coaches Association of America national championships, one second-place national finish and seven state community college championships. Included in those totals are one national title and three state championships in 11 seasons under current coach Jose Vasquez.

Palomar's 2015 men's soccer season will be arriving soon with the Comets playing under coach Dave Whiddon. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets to open under new coach on Thursday

SAN MARCOS (8-26-2015) -- Palomar will kick off its first soccer season under new head coach Dave Whiddon on Friday when the Comets host Santa Ana College in a non-conference game at 4 p.m. at Minkoff Field. The game was moved up a day from Friday.

The Comets also will be at home on Sept. 1 vs. Moorpark in another non-conference match-up, then will play their next four games on the road.

They'll open their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference season on Sept. 29 at Southwestern.

Palomar will play a 21-game regular season.

Palomar names Whiddon as new head coach

SAN MARCOS (3-06-2015) -- Palomar has hired Dave Whiddon as its new head men's soccer coach, Athletic Director Scott Cathcart announced Friday morning.

Whiddon, who was assistant coach on longtime coach Carlos Hernandez for the Comets last season, spent 29 years as a high school varsity and club soccer coach in San Diego County.

Whiddon is the former highly-successful head coach at Rancho Buena Vista High School, where his teams won multiple league championships and advanced to the CIF San Diego Section playoffs 20 out of 22 years. He was recipient of the CIF Model Coach of the Year award and was honored as North County Conference Coach of the Year.

Born in London, England, Whiddon taught for 17 years and also was the athletic director at Rancho Buena Vista High for seven years.

When the new Vista Mission High School opened in the Vista Unified School District, he was an assistant principal and the Timberwolves' athletic director for three years until his retirement from the Vista district in 2013.He's traveled to soccer clinics in England, The Netherlands, Germany and Brazil to continue his coaching education and holds an NSCAA Premier Coaching License.


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