2016 Season ...
Comets open with scoreless tie
(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