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Men's Soccer Plays in Hawaii On Thursday August 29th at 6.15 am, 28 players and 3 coaches from the SRJC Men's soccer team left the JC campus and headed for Oakland Airport. Their destination, Hawaii. Of the 31 on the trip only one had not been outside the state of California and for 23 of the players it was their first trip to Hawaii. Three vans arrived at Oakland in good time and ended up at gate 15 for the plane traveling to Honolulu. The trip took almost five hours and it was surely a very long and exciting five hours for the two JC players who were on their first ever flight. When the team arrived in Honolulu, they were picked up by players from the BYU Hawaii who took them from all the way to North Shore through beautiful scenery. The team reached Turtle Bay got settled in 6 excellent condos thanks to the handy work of Bob Florres who arranged for the lodging. The players used the rest of the day to check out the public beach at the Turtle Bay Resort. On Friday the team got ready for their first game against BYUH Seasiders. The team arrived at the campus and got a guided tour through parts of the stadium and training center. At 12.30 the referee blew the whistle and the game was on. After a tough and close game, BYU scored at the end of the game and the team's first game together ended in a 1-0 loss against a division II school. The teams played an additional two 30 minute halves where the JC team got a good deal of fitness. After the game, the team was invited to the BYUH coach's beach house where they were served bright red hot dogs and watermelon; we are still checking in on whether this is customary Hawaiian fare. The team got a chance to hang out with the BYUH players and were instructed on how to do the haka. The coach ended the day by taking the entire team down to the beach to relax in the water. Saturday the team got a short training session to work with details from yesterdays match before it was time to head off down the road to Shark's Cove for some snorkeling and cliff jumping. After salvaging equipment and players, the team got some education about the local wildlife sanctuary. The team walked a couple of miles down the road and got to Waimea Beach where they immediately struck up a beach soccer match with the locals. After the soccer game, the players tested their bravery by again jumping off cliffs. Sun, snorkeling, and cliff jumping was probably not best things to do a day before the match, but collectively the players had a great time and bonded the entire way through. Sunday the team was picked up by BYU again and headed for Hawaii Pacific University for the weekend’s second game. The JC opened up strong, dominating possession for the first 10 minutes of the game. However, the more experienced HPU team was able to take care of some of the JC’s mistakes and win 3-0 over the SRJC. Despite the score, the JC played a much better game moving the ball and creating some close scoring opportunities. At one point in the game, the sunny skies gave way to a torrential downpour that lasted about 5 minutes. Just as quickly as the rain came, the skies parted and players played on in the bright Hawaiian sun. Later on Sunday the entire team went to the Chief's Luau. 24 players made this great night their first encounter with a luau. The 31 players all had a great time watching playing traditional Hawaiian games, eating customary food, and watching the fire dancers and luau girls. Marty Kinahan, the coach of the JC was given the Hawaiian name “Hot Chief” and was later invited on stage to dance with a tourist from India. The luau ended with all of the JC players taking the stage to sing and dance. After the luau, the players spent their last night in Hawaii checking out the sights of Waikiki. Many players were able to shop for items to give to those individuals that helped sponsor them and make this trip possible. Around noon the next day on Monday, the players headed to the Honolulu Airport to head back into the mainland. Late Monday night, three SRJC vans pulled on the campus parking lot with 31 tired but happy guys. Though the team lost both games, the positives of the trip greatly outweigh the negatives. The team improved, was able to learn about the Hawaiian culture, and came closer as one collective unit. It was an incredible trip and one that no one will surely ever forget.
Whyte First Team All American Bound for UOP
Santa Rosa JC sophomore star midfielder Keenan Whyte demonstrated in two years remarkable skills playing the “beautiful game” at an elite level. The gifted footballer has received national recognition on the 2013 JC National All-America First Team. Whyte becomes the only men's soccer player in school history to be selected to back-to-back All American teams. The Bear Cub team captain is also announcing that he has accepted a substantial scholarship at Division I University of the Pacific, in Stockton. Whyte choose Pacific over several other offers. He joins the Tigers to help develop their new men's soccer program. UOP is restarting its program, after being dormant at the varsity level since 1985. Whyte will play for new head coach Ryan Jorden and the Tigers will compete as a member in the difficult West Coast Conference. “I choose UOP for its education, its a great school and to live my dream of playing division one soccer. I also look forward to the challenge of building something new at UOP,” said Whyte. Whyte is just one of eleven nationwide players on this year's 2013 NSCAA/Continental
Tire Junior College Men’s Division III All-America First Team. Last season he was an All-America Second Team selection. The Montgomery High grad becomes the third player under head coach Marty Kinahan selected to a national All-America team. Prior, two other players were named to national All-American teams. In 2012, Octavio Estupian another Montgomery High star was a first team selection. Current professional player, Majel Aterado, was a second team pick in 2002-03. Aterado will be inducted into the upcoming new class of the Santa Rosa JC Athletic Hall of Fame. Whyte's other accolades include being named the 2013 Big 8 Conference Player of the Year and was picked to the NSCAA All-West Region team. “He is a once in a decade great kid and he works very hard,” said Kinahan. “He wants to be coached, he listens beautifully and leads by example. He's very special and unique." The former prep standout earned both North Bay League and All Empire recognition for the Montgomery Vikings. At Santa Rosa, Whtye was not a scoring machine, but did finished fourth in goals scored. His real attributes were his ball control, distribution, and exceptional skills that allowed him to take control of matches. Whyte helped push the (13-4-6) Bear Cubs to the third round of the CCCAA NorCal Soccer Playoffs this season. The local product is pleased he came to SRJC and he wanted to stay at home. “Coming to Santa Rosa JC for academics and the soccer program was a wise choice, instead of going to a four year program. I could have gone elsewhere; however I matured as a student and as a young man,” Whyte also commented. The UOP bound student will declare as a history major and has a goal of becoming a U.S. Federal Marshall. Click her to watch Whyte on Signing Day
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SRJC Men’s Soccer 2010 alumni, Manuel Barrera and Andy Walker sign scholarships letters to Lyon College.
Tommy Murphy, 2012 men's soccer alumn, celebrating after a goal for Hilo, Hawaii.
Junior College Men's Soccer team is comprised
of athletes who understand the meaning of commitment and effort. Coach Kinahan
recruits players who not only have skills in soccer, but also good attitudes
and willing spirits to be committed to their coaches and teammates. Teamwork
focus and sacrifice build a strong foundation for a successful season
and positive lasting experience. The SRJC Men’s soccer opened up the 2012 season with a 4-0 loss versus the number one ranked team in the nation and eventual California State Champion in Mt. San Antonio. The loss was a huge wake up call to the young Bear Cub soccer team which immediately rallied to four straight shutout wins. The winning momentum continued the rest of the season for the Bearcubs, who compiled a 14-3-3 overall record, made a playoff appearance and eventually regained the Big 8 Conference Title. The Bearcubs also finished the season with the stingiest defense in California with only 12 goals against.
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