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
play well in 2-0 loss to Jags
(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
(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
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
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
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
Cerda's goal lifts Comets into win
(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
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
(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
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.
Lopez gets a shot on goal away in Friday's
loss to Citrus at Minkoff Field -- Photo by
PC loses a
defensive battle in 48th minute
(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
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
-- 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
Comets open with scoreless
tie against 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."
Resendiz recorded eight saves and the
shutout with what Whiddon described as "the
top performance of the day."
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
-- 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."
Gonzales (CSUSM), Ruth (SD Christian) commit
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
Gonzalez was team captain
for the Comets and carries a 3.5 grade-point
Ruth committed to play for
coach Josh Westerman at San Diego Christian
Ruth has a 4.0
2015 Season ...
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.
Rizzo, who scored the winning goal in the 88th
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
Austin Rizzo scored the
winning goal off an assist by Elijah Lopez in the
88th minute, giving the Comets a 2-1 victory over