Men’s Soccer Remains Optimistic About Season

Brian Friel

Despite a slow start, the men’s soccer team has high hopes for the upcoming season.

The Mats are currently 0-2 after posting losses to Alhambra and Dougherty Valley by scores of 1-2 and 0-5 respectively. Nick Bhachu ‘12 scored the lone goal for Mats, coming nearly five minutes into the game against Alhambra.

But the Mats are far from throwing in the towel.

“Even though we haven’t done very well so far, our team this year has a lot of skill and we get along much better,” said Ashraf Mathkour ‘11. “Our team chemistry is much improved.”

The Mats are comforted by the fact that they are returning seven players who saw extensive playing time last year. Despite losing last season’s leading scorer in Robert Regalado ‘09, captain Eric Sassano ‘10 leads a talented group of experienced players.

“Eric is definitely our leader,” said Mathkour.

Among this seasons’ returning veterans are Michael Pitt ‘10, Trevor Gorham ‘10, Gary Stentz ‘10, Cody Unger ‘10, Mathkour, and Bhachu.

“All of us have been playing the game for a long time, and there really hasn’t been a learning curve,” said Mathkour.

Undetered by their current record, the Mats are still optimistic about their future.

“With some hard work, I believe that we have a chance at winning NCS,” said Mathkour
The Mats took on rival Campolindo on Dec. 16, but results were not available as of press time.