steps down as coach
SAN MARCOS (11-30-2016) -- Dave
Whiddon, Palomar's head men's soccer coach
for the past two seasons, has stepped down
from his post.
"It was a difficult decision but one I had
to make mainly due to a health issue,"
"The program is on a solid
foundation btoh academically and on
the field. There will be 17
returning players next season, and
six of our seven sophomores from the
past two years have gone on to
four-year schools with three of them
continuing to play."
Whiddon came to Palomar as an
assistant coach under former head
coach Carlos Hernandez in 2014 and
was elevated to head coach on March
He previously was assistant
principal and athletic director at
Mission Vista High School, a Vista
Unified School District school in
the Vista Unified School District.
Prior to that hed was head boys soccer coach
at Rancho Buena Vista High School and was
the school's athletic director for 17 years.
Comets end season with loss to Spartans
SAN MARCOS (11-11-2016) --
Palomar dropped its final game of the men's
soccer season to rival MiraCosta 4-0 on
Friday at Minkoff Field.
Comets coach Dave Whiddon praised the play
of Josh Clay and Chris Kusonoki in the loss.
"(Clay and Kusonoki) played well and have
been our leading players all season long" he
said. "A difficult way to end the season but
we have a strong core of players coming
Palomar and COD tie; Cerda scores goal
PALM DESERT (11-08-2016) --
Argi Cerda scored Palomar's goal off Doug
Smith's assist as the Comets and host
College of the Desert battled to a 1-1
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference tie on
Kyle Harkousha had six saves in goal for the
"It was a great team effort and result for
the program," Palomar coach Dave Whiddon
The Comets will close out their season when
they host MiraCosta on Friday at 3 p.m. at
PC downs IVC 2-1; Clay gets 3rd goal in 3
Josh Clay scored his third goal in his last
three games on Tuesday, lifting Palomar to a
2-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's
soccer victory over Imperial Valley at
Argie Cerda assisted on Clay's goal, then
scored the Comets' second goal himself off
Jio Molneri's assist.
Palomar got strong play at midfield from Gil
Vasquez and Jio Molinero.
Clay's penalty kick in 85th minute
MARCOS (10-28-16) --
scored the only goal of the game on a
perfectly-placed penalty kick in the 85th
minute on Tuesday, lifting the Palomar men's
soccer team to a 1-0 Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference upset win over second-place
Kyle Harkousha recorded the shutout
in goal, and coach Dave Whiddon said
Chris Kusonoki (right) for being
solid on defense.
was a total team effort," Whiddon
is coached by long-time Palomar
women's coach Cem Tont, whose
Jaguars have dominated their series
with the Comets since he became the
Southwestern men's coach. He
originally left Palomar to become
the Jags' women's coach.
PC stuns 1st-Place City, ties Mesa
MARCOS (10-14-2016) / SAN DIEGO (10-18-2016)Hedgar Tayor (left)
scored the game-winning goal off an assist
from Chris Kusonoki (right) in the 41st
minute on Friday, giving Palomar a 2-1 upset
win over Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
men's soccer leader San Diego City College
at Minkoff Field.
The loss dropped the Knights (7-3-4, 5-2) into
second place behind new conference leader
San Bernardino Valley, a winner over
Cuyamaca on Friday.
Then, on Tuesday, the Comets traveled to San
Diego Mesa's Merrill Douglas Stadium for a
night game and battled to a 0-0 tie with the
With Palomar trailing 1-0 in the game with
City College, Elijah Lopez
tied the game for the Comets in the 31st
minute with the assist cointributed by Edson
The score remained 1-1 until Taylor's game
Kyle Harkousha recorded the win in goal for
the Comets. Palomar had two
other goals called back.
"The team had a strong physical and mental
effort today," coach Dave Whiddon said.
"Defensively, we're becoming more
consistant, and offensively we're creating a
lot of scoring chances."
Harkousha delivered a big game in goal for
Palomar in Tuesday's scoreless tie with
"Harkousha had an outstanding game. He had
several top-class saves," Whiddon said.
"Our defense excelled with Lalo Vasque3z and
Chris Kusonoki leding the way. The team has
been working hard and the results are
starting to come."
PC ties MiraCosta on Sample's goal
OCEANSIDE (10-11-2016) --
Tyree Sample (left), a freshman from Rancho
Buena Vista High School, scored in the 85th
minute off a Lalo Vasquez assist on Tuesday,
giving visiting Palomar a 1-1 tie with a
favored MiraCosta side.
Kyle Harkousha was "solid in goal" in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game,
coach Dave Whiddon said. Harkousha had five
saves against the Spartans.
"This was a total defensive effort and we
also got some productive attacking play,"
Also for the Comets, Whiddon said that Edson
Ojeda (right) "had a complete game,
outstanding on defense as well as creative
in the attack."
MiraCosta came into the game in second place
in conference, behind only San Diego City
College, after knocking off San Bernardino
Valley, the previous second-place team, last
Gallardo tallies goal in loss to COD
(10-07-2016) -- Visiting College of the
Desert turned back Palomar 3-1 in a Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference men's soccer
martchup at Minkoff Field on Friday.
scored the Comets' goal.
Harkousha's shutout helps PC win 3-0
MARCOS (9-27-2016) / imperial IMPERIAL
(9-30-2016) -- Kyle Harkousha contributed a
shutout in goal as Palomar notched its first
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory of
2016 on Friday, defeating host Imperial
Hedgar Taylor, Lalo Vasquez and Elijah
Lopez scored goals for the Comets.
"We had a great team effort and
especially strong play from the defense," Palomar coach Dave
Last Tuesday, Lopez
drew praise from Whiddon for his performance
in a 3-0 loss to San Bernardino Valley at
Minkoff Field. "(Lopez) was our main
attacking threat," Whiddon said. The
Wolverines led 1-0 at halftime in the PCAC
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, drops 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.
ABOVE: Hedgar Taylor gets a
shot on goal off for Palomar in Tuesday's 1-1 tie with
Norco. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.
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.
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.
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