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Team captain Gonzalez, Comets win at IVC
(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
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
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
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
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'
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
"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
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
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
Visiting Palomar dropped a 5-1 non-conference decision to
Victor Valley in men's soccer on Tuesday.
Ralph Soriano (right) scored the
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
The Comets are 3-3.
Comets' 3-game win streak ends vs. 4-0 SBCC
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
Comets jump out 2-0, win to run record to
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
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
"We had a great defensive effort from the back four
and a solid performance up top by Joey Ciochetto,"
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
traveled to soccer clinics in England, The
Netherlands, Germany and Brazil to continue his
coaching education and holds an NSCAA Premier