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2016 Season ...

Freshman midfilders Edson Ojeda (No. 5, top photo) and Jio Molinero (No. 13, directly above) battle for the ball on Friday at Southwestern. -- Photos courtesy of Russell Scoffin, Southwestern College

Harkousha, Gemmell play well in 2-0 loss to Jags

CHULA VISTA (9-23-2016) -- Host Southwestern College overcame Palomar's solid defensive performance to turn back the Comets 2-0 in a Pacific Coast men's soccer game on Friday.

Palomar got strong play from goalkeeper Kyle Harkousha and from Kyle Gemmell on defense in the loss.

Palomar drops back-to-back 1-0 decisions

SAN MARCOS (9-16-2016) / RANCHO SAN DIEGO (9-20-2016) -- San Diego Mesa turned back Palomar 1-0 on a disputed penalty kick in the 88th minute in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game on Friday at Minkoff Field.

Then, on Tuesday, the Comet went on the road and lost again 1-0, this time to Cuyamaca in another PCAC game..

Jio Molinero and Lalo Vasquez received praise from coach Dave Whiddon in the game against Mesa.

The Comets are 1-5-2 on the season, 0-3 in the conference.

PC can't retain momentum, drop PCAC opener

SAN DIEGO (9-12-2016) -- In a game in which Palomar played well at times but couldn't keep its momentum going, the Comets dropped their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opener to San Diego City College on Tuesday 5-1

Arci Cerda scored the Comets' goal, while Edson Ojeda had what coach Dave Whiddon described as "a productie and creative performance."

Added Whiddon: "The score does not reflect how well we played for most of the game. Once we cut down on the mental mistakes defensively, we will be successful."

Cerda's goal lifts Comets into win column

SAN MARCOS (9-09-2016) -- Palomar broke into the victory column in men's soccer on Friday, beating visiting El Camino Compton Center 3-2 at Minkoff Field.

Argi Cerda scored the winning goal in the 88th minute off Edson Ojeda's assist, breaking a 2-2 tie.

Elijah Lopez scored the Comets' first goal in the 54th minute on what coach Dave Whiddon described as a "great shot" from 25 yards out.

Gil Vasquez tallied the second Palomar goal in the 58th minute, assisted by Lalo Vasquez (right).

Chuy Resendiz had six saves in a strong game, several in key situations. Lalo Vasquez led the defense.

Palomar is 1-2-2 on the season.


This goal by Elijah Lopez (No. 7) would have put Palomar up 2-0 on Cypress in Tuesday's game at Minkoff Field, but was disallowed by an offsides call. Earlier in the game, a Lopez goal had given the Comets a 1-0 lead. The visiting Chargers eventually won in the 90th minute. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Chargers come back and win in 90th minute

SAN MARCOS (9-06-2016) -- Visiting Cypress College came from behind in the second half on Tuesday afternoon, handing Palomar a 2-1 non-conference men's soccer loss at Minkoff Field.

The Comets took a 1-0 halftime lead on a breakaway goal by Elijah Lopez in the 46th minute.

The lead lasted until the 60th minute, when the Chargers (3-1) tied the game. Cypress went on to notch a one-goal victory as the clock ticked down in the 90th minute by scoring the game-winner on a bicycle kick goal.

What would have been a second goal by Lopez, which would have given Palomar a 2-0 lead, was disallowed due to an offsides call.

The Comets are 0-2-2 to begin the season. The Chargers advanced to 3-1.

Palomar's Elijah Lopez gets a shot on goal away in Friday's loss to Citrus at Minkoff Field -- Photo by Hugh Cox

PC loses a defensive battle in 48th minute

SAN MARCOS (9-02-2016) -- The Palomar men's soccer team battled visiting Citrus through 87 scoress minutes before finally losing 1-0 in the 88th minute on Friday at Minkoff Field.

The loss in the nonconference game drops the Comets' record to 0-1-2.

ABOVE: Hedgar Taylor gets a shot on goal off for Palomar in Tuesday's 1-1 tie with Norco. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Lalo Vasquez, who scored the Comets' goal

Vasquez goal gives PC tie with Mustangs

SAN MARCOS (8-30-2016) -- Lalo Vasquez scored a goal in the 41st minute to give Palomar the lead and the Comets wound up in a 1-1 non-conference soccer tie with Norco in their home opener on Tuesday at Minkoff Field.

After Palomar took a 1-0 lead in at halftime, the visiting Mustangs tied the game in the 52nd minute.

The Comets are 0-0-2 on the season. Norco, which dropped its opener to Pasadena City College 2-0 last Friday, is 0-1-1.

Palomar will be back in action on Friday when the Comets host Citrus at Minkoff Field, beginning at 3 p.m.

Comets open with scoreless tie against Moorpark

MOORPARK (8/26/2016) -- Palomar's men's soccer team kicked off its 2016 season Friday by battling to a 0-0 non-conference tie at Moorpark.

"We had a good performance for the first game," coach Dave Whiddon said. "I'm pleased with the effort."

Goalkeeper Chuy Resendiz recorded eight saves and the shutout with what Whiddon described as "the top performance of the day."

Whiddon also singled out strong play by midfielder Chris Kusunoki and forward Josh Clay (above left).

Lalo Vasquez, shown scoring a goal against Moorpark last season, returns to help lead Palomar's 2016 team. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Whiddon's second Palomar team looks talented

SAN MARCOS (8-25-2016) -- Palomar, in its second season under coach Dave Whiddon, begins 2016 with a strong blend of experienced returners and newcomers.

Whiddon has his leading scorer back in Josh Clay, a forward out of Orange Glen High School. "Josh brings a combination of outstanding speed, athletic ability and technique," Whiddon says.

Clay is joined by veterans Lalo Vasquez (Orange Glen) and Chris Kusunoki (Poway High), a pair that the coach expects to be "a force in midfield." Also returning: from last year's squad: midfielder Elijah Lopez (Fallbrook) and defenders Kyle Gemmell (Rancho Buena Vista) and Stone McElderry (Mission Vista). Gemmell and McElderry both played for Whiddon in high school.

Newcomers expected to make an immediate impact are forward Argi Cerda (Escondido), midfielders Gil Vasquez (Rancho Buena Vista) and Danny Gallardo (San Marcos), and Anthony Maldanado (Temecula Chaparral) and transfer Doug Smith from NCAA Division II Limestone College on defense.

"We have a great group of talented freshman," Whiddon says. "Their test will be to quickly adjust to the speed and physicality of college soccer. I'm confident they'll step up to the challenge."

Off-Season ...

Gonzales (CSUSM), Ruth (SD Christian) commit

SAN MARCOS (2-29-2016) -- Two first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selections from coach Dave Whiddon's Palomar 2015 men's soccer team, Victor Gonzalez and Aaron Ruth, both committed to four-year univiersities this week.

Gonzalez, a sophomore midfielder from La Quinta High School in La Quinta, committed to play for coach Ron Pulvers at Cal State San Marcos.

Gonzalez was team captain for the Comets and carries a 3.5 grade-point average.

Ruth committed to play for coach Josh Westerman at San Diego Christian University.

Ruth has a 4.0 grade-point average.

2015 Season ...

ABOVE: Palomar's Juan Garcia (left) battles MiraCosta's Jonathan Palacios for control of the ball in the Comets' 2-1 victory over the rival Spartans on Friday at Minkoff Field. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Austin Rizzo, who scored the winning goal in the 88th minute.

Palomar tops rival MiraCosta 2-1 in finale

SAN MARCOS (11-13-2015) -- Palomar finished its men's soccer season on a huge upside on Friday afternoon at Minkoff Field by sweeping rival MiraCosta.

Austin Rizzo scored the winning goal off an assist by Elijah Lopez in the 88th minute, giving the Comets a 2-1 victory over the Spartans.

Rizzo's goal broke a 1-1 halftime tie. MiraCosta went in front late in the first half, but the Comets answered with an unassisted goal by Lalo Calleja.

"(Rizzo's goal) was a great individual effort," Palomar coach Dave Whiddon said, who took over the Comets' program during the off-season and saw his team barely fall short in their previous two games when it had an opportunity to finish the season over .500 .

"This is a great win for the program and will really help in recruiting for next year," Whiddon added. "It was another tremendous team effort, the defense led by Aaron Ruth was solid and the midfield play by Juan Garcia was outstanding."

Palomar's goalkeepers combined for 11 saves, five by Autry Hailey and six by Pierce Cole.

In the first game of the afternoon at Minkoff Field, Palomar's women's team defeated MiraCosta 1-0.

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