It’s safe to say the soccer gods in charge of scheduling didn’t do the Cañada men’s soccer team any favors to begin the 2013 conference season.
Right out of the gate, the Colts found themselves in three tough matches against teams that currently are a combined 20-6-3. And unfortunately for the young Cañada squad, their record stood at 0-3 after those initial matches.
But the Colts are finally in the Coast Conference win column following Tuesday’s win over rival Skyline College 4-1. Khalid Arramdani, who’s having himself a breakout season, scored all four of Cañada’s goals in the victory.
“We’ve played a pretty competitive schedule against some really good teams,” said Cañada head coach Erik Gaspar. “And we’ve been very competitive in those games. Maybe we haven’t been very lucky at times, but I’ve been pleased with the group. As a testament to them, they’ve stayed resilient and we got the result that we did.”
Cañada hadn’t won since a 1-0 victory over Fresno College on Sept. 21. Arramdani had the goal in that game as well. Since then, Cañada had scored just five goals and given up 13. Still, with the hardships of the stretch, Gaspar said the team stayed positive.
“It’s wasn’t too difficult, actually,” Gaspar said about keeping the Colts upbeat and confident. “We have a young team but this is a good group, a great group of guys. We knew it was just a matter of time. We told them there is still a lot of soccer left to play.”
If they keep playing like they did against the Trojans, then things can turn around rather quickly for the Colts. And for that, Arramdani will have to keep on his torrid pace. The forward leads Cañada with 20 points (nine goals).
“He’s putting himself in good positions,” Gaspar said. “He’s taking advantage of some opportunities. We’ve had a lot of injuries on the team which has been dissaponting. But it’s allowed guys like Khalid to really step up. That’s really helped us.”
Also big has been the consistent play of former San Mateo Bearcat and former Daily Journal Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year Benny Angeles. The midfielder is first on the team with four assists.
“Benny has been big time for us,” Gaspar said. “I knew right out of high school he had great potential and he has not disappointed. He’s a tremendous teammate and has been great in all aspects of the game.”
Next up, the Colts have two games on the road — at Monterey and Gavilan colleges. Those two teams are a combined 2-12-3 which means Cañada can make up some room on that 2-6 overall record.
“I don’t know if too much changes,” Gaspar said. “We know we can play with anyone, be competitive with anybody. It’s just a matter of staying disciplined, staying mentally strong. We’re not going to change too much of what we’re doing.”
In other community college soccer news, the women of Cañada were shut out by Ohlone College 4-0.
The Skyline women also fell. They gave up three first half goals to Chabot College and lost by a 3-1 margin. The loss comes after the Lady Trojans beat up on Mission College 5-0 to even their overall record. They are now 4-5-1.
Menlo College defender wins honor
Senior goalkeeper Whitney Galindo was named the Cal Pac’s defensive player of the week for Oct. 30 through Sept. 6.
The San Mateo native recorded a shutout in the Lady Oaks 10-0 victory over Mills College last Friday to mark her third consecutive shutout and fourth of the season.
Galindo has been an integral part of Menlo’s conference leading defense which allows just .563 goals per game and has led the team to its best start in program history (5-1 overall, 2-0 Cal Pac).
She currently boasts a goals against average of just .474.