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PC drops finale despite another Gonzalez goal
SAN MARCOS (11-14-2014) --
Palomar ended its men's soccer season with records of 6-11-4
(overall) and 3-7-2 (Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) as
the Comets lost to Southwestern 3-1 on Friday at Minkoff
Victor Gonzalez scored the Comets'
goal. Danny Vaquez contributed eight saves in the goal.
Gonzalez gets his 1st
goal but Palomar loses
OCEANSIDE (11-11-2014) --
Victor Gonzalez scored his first goal of the season
on Tuesday, but Palomar lost its Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference second-round game to MiraCosta 4-1, the identical
score of the teams' first-round game.
The short-handed Comets only suited out 12 players.
Goalkeeper Danny Vasquez had eight saves for Palomar
"We only had 12 players today, but worked hard and made MC
work for the win," Palomar assistant coach Dave Whiddon
The Comets will finished up their season on Friday when they
host Southwestern at Minkoff Field at 5 p.m.
Comets win behind Buriek, Loupe & Salado
MARCOS (11-07-2014) --
Steven Buriek (left) scored two goals, Jamai Loupe (right)
tallied his first goal of the season and Zach Salado
contributed two assists on Friday as Palomar's men's soccer
team turned back San Diego Mesa 3-1 at Minkoff Field.
The win enabled the Comets (6-9-4,
3-5-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) to snap a
six-game winless streak when they scored only four goals.
Omar Orozco also assisted on a goal
for Palomar. Danny Vasquez, the Comets' goalkeeper, had
COD, City pin shutout defeats on Palomar
(10-30-2014) (11-04-2015) --
College of the Desert
and San Diego City College notched back-to-back shutouts
against Palomar in recent men's soccer
games at Minkoff Field.
On Thursday, COD shut out the
Comets 2-0 in a non-conference game. On Tuesday, City
College blanked them in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
One of the few bright spots for the
Comets was goalkeeper Danny Vasquez, who recorded 13 saves
in the two games. Vasquez had six saves against the
Roadrunners and seven vs. City.
In the first round, the Comets held
the Knights, who are in a three-way battle for the PCAC
lead, to a 2-2 tie.
Palomar is 5-9-4 on the season and
2-5-2 in conference.
Comets, Arabs fit to be tied in the desert
Palomar and Imperial Valley battled to a 2-2
men's soccer tie on Tuesday at IVC.
Zach Salado (left)
scored both of the Comets' goals. Goalkeeper
Danny Vasquez contributed seven saves.
Palomar (5-7-4, 2-4-2
in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference led 2-0
at the half before the Arabs (4-9-4, 0-6-2)
battled back to tie the game.
The Comets will host
College of the Desert in a non-conferene game on
Thursday at 3 p.m. at Minkoff Field
ABOVE: Palomar's Futa Seki (No. 13) and
Luke Schork (No. 2) control the ball against Cuyamaca on
Friday at Minkoff Field. -- Photos by Hugh Cox.
BELOW: Goalkeeper Roberto Ruiz, who had five saves
for the Comets
Cuyamaca holds off PC in 2-0 game
MARCOS (10-24-2014) --
Palomar dropped a 2-0 Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference decision to Cuyamaca on Friday and
The Comets, who got
five saves from goalkeeper Roberto Ruiz (left),
fell to 5-7-3 on the season and 2-4-1 in the
Cuyamaca (5-1, 15
points), meanwhile, took over the conference
lead by the narrowest of margins over MiraCosta
(5-2, 15 points), which defeated Imperial Valley
Previous leader San
Diego City College and Southwestern tied 1-1,
leaving the Knights with a 4-1-2 record and 14
points and the Jaguars wth a 4-1 record and 13
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Palomar's Oscar Orozco (left) wards off Southwestern's
Adolfo Gaspar in Tuesday's game in Chula Vista. --
Photo by Russell Scoffin,
Miguel Pineda, who again had the only goal for the Comets.
BELOW RIGHT: Roberto Ruiz, who had six
saves in goal
Pineda again scores Comets'
only goal in loss
Palomar dropped back
under .500 in men's soccer on Tuesday when host
Southwestern defeated the visiting Comets 4-1.
Miguel Pineda again scored
the only Palomar goal. Goalkeeper Roberto Ruiz
had six saves.
The Comets go to 5-6-3 on the
season and 2-3-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic
The defending conference champion
Jaguars are 6-6-4, 5-1 in conference.
Palomar will try to get
back on the winning track and back to .500 on
Friday when the Comets host Cuyamaca at Minkoff
Field, beginning at 3:15 p.m.
Pineda gets lone Palomar goal vs. MiraCosta
MARCOS (10-17-2014) --
Miguel Pienda scored Palomar's lone goal on
Friday in a 4-1 Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference men's soccer loss to visiting
MiraCosta at Minkoff Field.
The goal came on a penalty kick.
Roberto Ruiz, the Comets'
goalkeeper, had five saves.
Palomar falls to 5-5-3 on the
season, 2-2-1 in the PCAC. MiraCosta is 6-5-1, 3-2. San
Diego City College, a 1-0 winner over Cuyamaca on Friday,
leads the conference with a 4-1-1 record.
Palomar wins under the lights on the road
DIEGO (10-14-2014) --
Goalkeeper Danny Vasquez
recorded seven saves on Tuesday night as Palomar
turned back host San Diego Mesa 2-1 in Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference men's soccer action at Mesa's
Merrill Douglas Stadium.
Luke Schork (left) and Zach Salado (right) scored
the Comets' goals. Miguel Pineda and Omar Orozco
Palomar went to 5-4-3 on the season and 2-1-1 in
conference play with a big game coming up Friday at
2 p.m. at Minkoff Field vs. Highway 78 rival
MiraCosta (5-5-1, 2-2).
Comets come back from 2-0 deficit to tie City
With its backs to the wall, Palomar came back to
tie San Diego City College 2-2 in Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference men's soccer Friday on the
The Comets trailed the
Knights 2-0 when Pachi Corcuera (left) scored
their first goal on a 30-foot shot. Miguel
Pineda (right) tallied the second goal on a penalty
Palomar had several
opportunities to win the game in the final
Danny Vasquez had seven
saves in goal for Palomar (4-4-3, 1-1-1).
State No. 10-ranked Chaffey downs Comets 3-2
Chaffey College, ranked as high as 12th in the
state earlier in the season and currently ranked
No. 10 in the state, held off Palomar's men's
soccer squad 3-2 on Tuesday.
Zach Salado contributed
a goal and an assist for the Comets (4-4-2).
Chris Kusunoki had the Comets' other goal.
Robbie Ruiz had five
saves in goal.
The Panthers upped
their record to 8-1-2 on the season
Palomar ties on Buriek's header in 90th minute
MARCOS (10-6-2014) -
On an afternoon that Chris Kusunoki (left) scored
his team-leading fifth goal of the season for the
Palomar men's soccer team on Monday, Steven Buriek
stepped up in the final minute to avert a tough loss
to San Bernardino Valley.
Buriek, a late addition to the Comets' roster last
week, scored on a header off a free-kick assist from
Zack Salado in the 90th minute, giving the Comets a
3-3 non-conference tie with the Wolverines at
Palomar took a 1-0 lead on Adrian Agraz' short-range
rebound goal in the seventh minute, only to have San
Bernardino Valley's Jose Figueroa tie the game in
the 21st minute.
Kusunoki put the Comets ahead again 2-1 when he
scored off Miguel Pineda's assist in the 31st
minute. That's the way it stood for the 48 minutes,
until the Wolverines again came back to pull even,
this time on a steal and unassisted goal by Jose
Flores in the 79th minute.
Three minutes later, Jose Castaneda gave San
Bernardino Valley a 3-2 lead in the 88th minute on a
short-range rebound from a free kick.
That set the stage for Buriek's game-winner.
Goalkeeper Roberto Ruiz had five saves for Palomar.
The Comets will take a 4-3-2 on the road for a 4
p.m. non-conference game with Chaffey College on
San Bernardino, which opened the season with three
straight victories over MiraCosta, Citrus and East
Los Angeles, is 4-5-2.
Pineda tallies both goals in 2-0 victory vs. IVC
MARCOS (10-03-2014) --
Freshman midfielder Miguel Pineda scored both
goals and freshman goalkeeper Robert Ruiz (left)
recorded Palomar's first shutout of the season
on Friday as the Comets' men's soccer squad
defeated visiting Imperial Valley 2-0.
The victory put Palomar
back over .500 on the season at 4-3-1. The
Comets evened their Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference record at 1-1.
Steven Buriek and
Candido Balbuena assisted on Pineda's goals.
Luke Schork (right) and Omar Orozco supported
Ruiz with strong defensive play.
Cuyamaca tops Palomar in conference opener
DIEGO (9-30-2014) -- Palomar's men's
soccer team dropped its Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference opener at Cuyamaca 3-1 on Tuesday on
the Coyotes' pitch.
Miguel Pineda scored the
Comets' goal on a penalty kick.
Goalkeeper Daniel Vasquez
had five saves for Palomar (3-3-1 overall).
The Comets had won two
straight games and three of their last four.
Salado's two goals lift Comets past Rams
Zack Salado tallied two goals Friday at Minkoff
Field, lifting Palomar to its second men's soccer
victory in two days, a 5-1 non-conference win over
Omar Orozco (left) scored on a rebound in the fifth
minute and Oscar Meija assisted Salado on his first
goal in the eighth minute, giving the Comets an
early 2-0 lead. The Rams never recovered.
Edsel Corcuera (right) hit on an unassisted goal
from long range on the left side in the 21st minute,
and Salado's second goal, also scored unassisted
from long range on the left side in the 60th minute,
put Palomar up 4-0.
Victor Valley finally answered with its only goal of
the game in the 77th minute as the Rams got on the
scoreboard. Miguel Pieda tacked on an insurance goal
for the Comets in the 80th minute off Luis Escoto's
Palomar's defense smothered the Victor Valley attack
most of the day. Daniel Vasquez, who had one save in
the first half, and Steven Ross, who recorded four
saves in the second half, combined on the
The Comets went back over .500 at 3-2-1. The Rams
Balbuena, Kusunoki lift Comets over Tartars
MARCOS (9-25-2014) --
Candido Balbuena (left) and Chris Kusunoki
(right) each scored two goals on Thursday and
Palomar evened its men's soccer record at 2-2-1
by defeating El Camino Compton Center 4-3 at
Kusunoki gave the
Comets a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when he
rebounded off a shot by Balbuena.
After the Tartars tied
the game, Balbuena answered with back-to-back
unassisted goals in the 39th and 46th minutes as
Palomar went in front by two goals, at 3-1, in
the first minute of the second half.
El Camino Compton
Center again closed the gap to a goal, this time
on a penalty kick.
Kusunoki's second goal
of the afternoon on a header in the 60th minute
gave Palomar another two-goal edge at 4-2 and
the Comets made the lead stand up even though
the Tartars added the day's final goal in the
Steven Ross and Daniel
Vasquez combined for nine saves in goal for
Palomar. Ross had four saves in the first half.
Vasquez' five saves came in the second half.
Palomar lost on the
road to undefeated Santa Ana 8-0 on Wednesday
when two players missed the van trip after
arriving late, and two others received red
cards, leaving the Comets two men short for most
of the game.
Palomar's goal barrage nets first 2014 victory
MARCOS (9-20-2014) --
After a tie 15
days ago and a tough loss on Friday, Palomar buried visiting
Cosumnes River College from Sacramento in a barrage of goals
for its first victory of the men's soccer season on
The Comets defeated
the Hawks 5-3 at Minkoff Field as Chris Kusonoki and Omar
Orozco (left) each scored two goals and Oscar Mejia added one goal.
Goalkeeper Steven Ross
contributed eight saves.
"The team is
constantly improving. They showed a lot of determination and
drive today," said Palomar assistant David Whiddon, who
coached the Comets in place of head coach Carlos Hernandez.
Zack Salado controls the ball for Palomar against West Hills
Lamoore on Friday at Minkoff Field. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.
Candido Balbuena, who scored the
only Palomar goal in a 2-1 loss
Lemoore runs record to 7-1 at Comets' expense
Palomar played its first men's soccer game in 14
days on Friday.
The time off didn't appear to be good to the
It also didn't help that they were facing an
opponent, West Hills Lemoore, that was playing
its eighth game of the season, compared with
only the second game for Palomar.
The Golden Eagles, who haven't lost in 53
days, scored on a header in the 64th minute to
break a 1-1 tie and turn back the Comets 2-1 for
their seventh straight victory.
West Hills Lemoore is one goal away from being
undefeated and hasn't lost since dropping its
season opener 2-1 to 2013 Northern Calfornia
semifinalist Santa Rosa back on Aug. 27.
Trailing 1-0, Palomar had tied the
non-conference game in the 22nd minute when
Candido Balbuena scored from 35 yards
The Comets will be
home again on Saturday when they host Cosumnes
College from Sacramento at 2 p.m.
Eduardo Calleja controls the ball as he scoes the Comets'
goal in the 69th minute. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets battle to 1-1 tie with Norco in opener
Palomar's freshman-dominated team opened its
men's soccer season by battling to a 1-1 tie with
non-confernce opponent Norco on Friday afternoon at Minkoff
Nestor Navia gave the visiting
Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when he lofted a
free kick over the heads of Palomar defenders and goalkeeper
Steven Ross into the net.
That's the way it stayed until the
69th minute, when forward Eduardo Calleja, a freshman
forward from San Marcos High School, scored on an unassisted
goal into the left side of the net after he took the ball in
from 20 yards out.
Assistant coach Dave Whiddon is
coaching the Comets in the absence of head coach Carlos
Hernandez. Palomar had only four sophomores in uniform
Norco is 0-1-2.
The Comets will return to action on
Wednesday, Sept. 17 when they travel to Santa Ana College.
Brian Paleo, the Comets' top player last season,
battles for the ball in competition of two opposing No. 10s
against Imperial Valley during a 3-3 tie with the
Arabs at Minkoff Field last Nov. 1.
-- Photo by Hugh Cox
Palomar opens against
Norco at home Friday
MARCOS (9-05-2014) --
Palomar will kick off its 2014 men's soccer season
with a 4 p.m. home non-conference match against
Norco College at Minkioff Field on Sept. 5
as Carlos Hernandez begins his 20th season as the
Comets' head coach..
Palomar will play four of its first six games at
Minkoff Field leading uyp to their Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference opener on Sept. 30 at Cuyamaca
The Comets have won six conference championships
under Hernandez, the most recent in 2009, and also
missed recent conference championships in 2005,
2006, 2007 and 2010, finishing in second place each
of those years.
Coming off a disappointing season a year ago,
Hernandez has brought in formerly highly successful
Rancho Buena Vista High School coach David Whiddon
(see below) as an assistant for the Comets.
PC adds ex-RBV coach Whiddon as assistant
MARCOS (7-17-2014) --
the long-time successful boys soccer coach at Rancho
Buena Vista High School, joins Carlos Hernandez'
staff this season as assistant coach.
originally from London, England, was a two-sport
athlete (soccer and track) in high school and played
college soccer at Foothill Community College in Los
Altos Hills and at Eastern Washington University. He
played two seasons for the San Jose Earthquakes
spent the past 29 years as a high school varsity and
club soccer coach in San Diego County. He's traveled
to soccer clinics in England, The Netherlands,
Germany and Brazil to continue his coachig
educastion and holds an NSCAA Premier Coaching
His Rancho Buena
Vista teams won multiple league championships and
advanced to the CIF San Diego Section playoffs 20
out of 22 years.
regularly sent players from his RBV program into
college and pro ranks, including sons Trevor and
William. Trevor Whiddon received a soccer
scholarship to NCAA Division I Cal State Fullerton
and later played professionally with the Los Angeles
Blues in the USL Pro League. William Whiddon played
on U.S. National Youth teams through the U18 level
and earned a scholarship to Concordia University of
Irvine. Both were All-CIF San Diego Section
selections for the Longhorns.
In 1995, Whiddon was
recipient of the CIF Model Coach of the Year award
and was North County Conference Coach of the Year in
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
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