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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.

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 from freshmen Pierce Cole out of Mission Vista High School in the first half and five from Autry Hailey (Mission Hills High) in the second half.

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 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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