Friday, December 9, 2011
COLLEGE: Locals at the final four
By Scott French
There are 16 players from L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties playing in the NCAA College Cup this weekend in Hoover, Ala.
Almost all of them, no surprise, play for UCLA. (And not all of them, to be fair, actually play.)
The number is impressive, given that the Bruins recruit nationally, with their biggest names coming from Alabama (Chandler Hoffman), Washington (Kelyn Rowe), Oregon (Brian Rowe) and England (Andy Rose).
UCLA's starting lineup includes a winger from Chino Hills (Eder Arreola), and two defenders and a forward from Orange County (Patrick Matchett, Joe Sofia and Reed Williams). Another starting back from Bakersfield, in Kern County, and the first forwards off the bench are from Fontana (Victor Chavez) and Calabasas (Evan Raynr).
Second-ranked Creighton has two local products, both starting midfielders, both juniors, both All-Missouri Valley Conference second-team selections: Dion Acoff (Upland/Damien HS) and Jose Gomez (Santa Ana/Century HS and Cal State Fullerton).
Here's the full list:
M Dion Acoff (Upland), jr., Damien HS
M Jose Gomez (Santa Ana), jr., Century HS/Cal State Fullerton
(Junior midfielder Jordan Gafa is from San Diego)
M/F Eder Arreola (Chino Hills), sr., Chino Hills HS
F Victor Chavez (Fontana), so., A.B. Miller HS
D Chris Cummings (Chatsworth), jr., Crespi Carmelite HS
D Patrick Matchett (Laguna Niguel), so., Dana Hills HS
G Alex Padilla (Compton), fr., California Academy of Mathematics and Science
F/M Evan Raynr (Calabasas), jr., Viewpoint HS
D/M Oscar Reyes (Santa Ana), sr., Saddleback HS
M/D Nati Schnitman (Calabasas), fr., Calabasas HS
D Joe Sofia (Dove Canyon), so., Mission Viejo HS
G Jake Tenzer (Pacific Palisades), fr., Crossroads School
F Andrew Tusaazemajja (Panorama City), so., Fulton College Prep
F Reed Williams (Newport Beach), so., Corona del Mar HS
D Victor Yanez (Riverside), jr., Patriot HS
D Zack Zerrenner (Santa Barbara), sr., Santa Barbara HS
(Freshman goalkeeper Earl Edwards and freshman forward Reed McKenna are from San Diego, senior defender Shawn Singh is from Bakersfield)