Men’s soccer prepares for 2015


By Jayakrishna Dasappan,
Managing Editor

The Men’s soccer team has not been able to top the Division 2 and now are hoping to have a better season than their last season this upcoming Fall of 2015.

Last year the team had an overall record of 5 wins and 5 losses with 8 matches being drawn. 4 of their 5 wins came from their non conference games.

The team’s roster is almost completely fresh as more than half of the players from last season have been graduated. The new players who are set to join the team in Fall have all earned great honors and made names for themselves as phenomenal soccer players in the high school and club team scene.

Some of the players who are currently signed to the Pioneers are, Fernando Herrera, a 6 foot 4, 3-time All League Player for the Huskies has signed up to join the CSUEB roster. Jarred Johnson, another three-time All-League player, is a 6-foot-1-inch defender who has played club soccer for the Mountain View/Los Altos; Chase Walker a defender from Fremont was named an All-League player in his senior year. He was a member of the Ohlone College for one year before he signed up to join CSU East Bay.

A forward also signed with the Pioneers, Kalle Sjogrell, is from the San Ramon Valley High School and has proved to be a force on the pitch when he played for the Wolves of the San Ramon Valley, with 15 goals and 12 assists while being named a two-time All-League player.

A dominating combination of a defender and forward from Hartnell College, a division 3 soccer team, Marco Ruelas and Lorenzo Vasquez have also given their intent to join the Pioneers this season. While at Hartnell the duo helped the team to a 16-4-3 overall record last year. In addition to these players, many more have also committed to join the Pioneers.

“A lot of defenders are arriving for this season and they seem to be highly talented and highly athletic,” CSUEB defender Juan Alfaro said. “If myself or any of the other members of my team have a chance to start the next season, it would only be possible if we step up our game and show our coach that we are capable during the pre-season. It seems like the new roster is going to be a dominant one and this fall is definitely going to be one of our best seasons ever.” Juan Alfaro is currently a junior at CSU East Bay and has been a starter for the team in the last couple of seasons. He has been forced to sit out for one season due to an injury.

The Pioneer roster with these newly signed players hope to be a strong team and for this season are to have a better record.