College soccer coach looks forward to growth

 “We are working on building a solid athleti  

Mike Arreazola

Mike Arreazola, CBC Head Soccer Coach

  

c program,” Coastal Bend College Men’s Soccer Coach Mike Arreazola said of his all-freshman soccer team. In his first season at CBC, Arreazola brings over 10 years of coaching to the young team.  

 He is working on rotating players to find the best fit for the group. The soccer team has already demonstrated skill and cohesion on the field during two successful scrimmages.  

 “I’d rather have 11 solid players than one stand-out,” Coach Arreazola explained, noting that he has a great selection of athletes who each bring a unique skill set to the field. “I can already see in their faces that they are working well together.”  

  CBC soccer lineup includes:  

 Defenders: Robert Elizalde of Beeville; Andrew Linsalata, Todd Drennan and Zachary Hammons, all of Montgomery, Texas; Alex Pineda of Houston; Justin Muack of George West;  

 Midfielders: Matthew Gurrero and Jair DeLaGarza of Beeville; Juan Sanchez, Daniel Lopez and Aaron Lopez of Corpus Christi; Gabriel Cerda of Runge; Mario Rodriguez of El Campo; Deyvi Hurtado of Katy;  

 Forwards: Estevan Ramirez of Corpus Christi; Monzelle White of Houston; Kris Mireles of El Campo; Jhostan Pardon of Refugio;  

 Goalies: Arturo Martinez of Beeville; and Kyle Jackson of Corpus Christi.  

 Coach Arreazola is a longtime soccer player has more than four decades of field experience. He was named All-American Soccer Player during high school and led Sunset High School in Dallas to several district championships, including play-offs all four years.  

 Arreazola earned a four-year scholarship to play soccer for Southern Methodist University in Dallas, a Division I competitor. He graduated from SMU with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology.  He has contined to play club and league soccer.  

 Some of the challenges facing the program are persistent travel and no home field. This is a financial burden for the team and makes it difficult for local fans to enjoy the games and show support for the team.    

 “We have yet to build a soccer field here in Beeville,” Arreazola said, “But we are working on it.” Currently, CBC athletes use the field at San Jacinto College – South as the home soccer field. This means that every game, even the home games, require travel. College officials have already designated a spot on campus to accommodate a new field and plan to break ground in the coming months.  

 Another challenge for the coach is recruiting. Arreazola said there is a wealth of talent locally, but the draw of larger colleges and universities that offer bigger scholarships diminishes the pool. Arreazola will spend a year recruiting players for the 2011 team, beginning shortly after the current season.  

 “This is a period of transition for us. This season is about amalgamating styles into a functioning, successful team,” Arreazola said. Coastal Bend College plays soccer in National Junior College Athletic Association Region 14 in a division shared by Lon Morris College (Jacksonville), Northeast Texas Community College (Mt. Pleasant) San Jacinto College-South (San Jacinto) and Tyler Junior College (Tyler).  

The 2010 soccer schedule follows.  

 September  

Sept. 11           Northeast Texas Community College             5 p.m.              San Jacinto  

Sept. 12           Lon Morris College                                         11 a.m.            San Jacinto  

Sept. 17           Ranger College                                               4 p.m.              Ranger  

Sept. 18           Hill College                                                     3 p.m.              Hillsboro  

Sept. 25           San Jacinto College — South Campus             6 p.m.              Tyler  

Sept. 26           Tyler Junior College                                        1 p.m.              Tyler  

 October  

Oct. 1              Cisco College                                                  6 p.m.              San Jacinto  

Oct. 2              West Texas                                                      11 a.m.            San Jacinto  

Oct. 8              Lon Morris College                                         5 p.m.              Jacksonville  

Oct. 9              Northeast Texas Community College             2 p.m.              Mt. Pleasant  

Oct. 16                        Tyler Junior College 1 p.m. San Jacinto  

Oct. 17            San Jacinto College — South Campus             1 p.m.              San Jacinto  

 Head Soccer Coach Mike Arreazola  

Athletic Coordinator: Estevan Vasquez  

Dean of Student Services: Velma Elizalde  

President: Dr. Thomas Baynum  

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