San Jac Soccer climbs to 2nd in national rankings
09.13.2016 | By Andrea Vasquez
Starting off the 2016 season at 6-0, the San Jacinto College men’s soccer team has climbed to the No. 2 spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1 Men’s Soccer Rankings.
With wins against Mountain View College 10-0; Angelina College 5-0; Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 5-3; Eastern Florida State 2-1; Northeast Texas Community College 5-0; and Paris Junior College 2-0, they are laser focused on making another run for nationals.
“The guys have gotten off to a great start with two tough wins on the road and four home wins,” said San Jacinto College Men’s Soccer Head Coach, Ian Spooner. “The hard work and dedication they’ve put in during preseason and thus far has been paying off. They are putting the team first, and it shows since we have 15 players with either a goal or assist so far. It’s great to get off to a good start, but we must continue to play at a high level every day and not be content with what we have done over the past couple of weeks.”
Leading this year’s season is returning sophomore forward Ricardo Ramos with 8 goals and 3 assists for 19 points; freshman forward Diego Vazquez with 3 goals and 5 assists for 11 points; sophomore forward Meike Hikaruhito with 4 goals and 1 assist for 9 points; and returning sophomore midfielder Luis Almeida with 3 goals and 2 assists for 8 points.
Also returning this season is sophomore midfielder Juan David Agredo, who has also brought along his professional experience to each game. Agredo joined the Kalamazoo FC (KZFC) of the National Premier Soccer League for its inaugural season this summer. He has also played with the Houston Dynamo Academy and top clubs in South America, including Deportivo Cali in Colombia and Boca Juniors in Argentina.
San Jac’s next home match takes place on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. against longtime rival and NJCAA number 1 ranked Tyler Junior College. All home games are played at the San Jacinto College South Campus soccer field located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston.
For more information on San Jacinto College soccer and athletics, visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College, approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.