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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 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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