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JC: Mt. SAC gets All-American love

December, 29, 2011
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Goalkeeper Alfredo Ontiveros has been honored as a national player of the year after helping Mt. San Antonio College to its third straight junior college state championship, and he is joined by two teammates on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-America team.

Ontiveros (La Puente/Arroyo HS) conceded just 11 goals in 25 games with 11 shutouts, a 0.54 goals-against average and a 90.4 save percentage for the Mounties (22-0-3), who won the mythical national championship at the Division III (non-scholarship) level.

Defender Eric Flores (Pomona/Garey HS) joins Ontiveros on the first team, and forward Luis Fuentes (Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista HS) is a second-team D3 All-America selection. Two more Mounties -- forward Javier Castro (Pomona/International Poly HS) and midfielder Edgar Padilla (Baldwin Park/Baldwin Park HS) -- receive All-West Region honors.

Mt. SAC coach Juan Sanchez is the Division III South Region's Coach of the Year.

In all, five local men and three women are JC All-Americans, and 10 men and eight women receive all-region awards. All are listed below:

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JC: Mt. SAC's encore? Who cares

December, 5, 2011
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How does Mt. San Antonio College top this?

Juan Sanchez doesn't know -- and doesn't care.

After guiding the Walnut-based Mounties (22-0-3) to their third successive state community college men's soccer title, Sanchez said there was no pressure to go for No. 4.

“You know what? There was no pressure for us to win three,” he said. “I never look at stats. I never look at those things, because to me, at the end of the day, that's when the pressure starts to build. Not once did I put that in my head.

“The fourth [try], we'll attack it the same way we attacked the last three years. I don't see there being any more pressure than there was three years ago [before we'd won our first.”

Sanchez expects five starters to return, including Danny Amaya (Rialto/Marshall HS), whose splendid strike Sunday in Sacramento delivered the 1-0 triumph over Hartnell, from Salinas, in the title game -- and extended Mt. SAC's unbeaten streak to 38 games. The Mounties are the top-ranked JC team in the nation.

Among those departing are Luis Fuentes (Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista HS), who scored 34 goals in two seasons, and Edgar Padilla (Baldwin Park/Baldwin Park HS) and Javier Castro (Pomona/International Poly HS), who combined this year for 20 goals and 14 assists.

“It's going to be a rebuilding year,” Sanchez said, “but what we've done, it's going to make it easy for us to recruit. We know the type of kids we want, the type of mental toughness they need to bring to handle these tough, tough games and these runs the last three years.

“It's a rebuilding year, just like last year, when we didn't expect to win it, and they showed maturity at the right time and peaked at the right time, and we were able to win [the state title] with a bunch of freshmen.”

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JC: Mt. SAC geared for three-peat

December, 2, 2011
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Mt. San Antonio College is 90 minutes from a third straight state community college men's soccer championship after battering the City College of San Francisco in a semifinal Friday in Sacramento.


The Walnut-based Mounties, ranked No. 1 in the nation, extended their unbeaten streak to 37 games with a 2-0 trumph at Cosumnes River College and will face Hartnell (19-2-3), from Salinas, in Sunday's title game.

Luis Fuentes (Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista HS) provided a 37th-minute lead with his 20th goal of the season -- and 34th in two seasons for the Mounties -- and Edgar Padilla (Baldwin Park/Baldwin Park HS) added his 13th in the 76th.

Mt. SAC (21-0-3) takes a seven-game winning streak, the last four by shutout, into the match with Hartnell, which romped to a 3-0 win over Santa Barbara City College (18-2-4) as Max Estrada netted a pair of goals.

The Mounties lost to Cerritos in the 2008 state final, then beat Taft in 2009 and College of the Canyons last year.

In women's action:
  • Valerie Barrios (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS) and Jennifer Martin (La Mirada/Sunny Hills HS) scored first-half goals to lead Santiago Canyon (22-2-1) to a 2-0 victory over San Francisco (20-2-2) and into Sunday's final. The Hawks won titles in 2006 and 2009 and lost in the 2007 final.
  • Cypress' bid for a third state title ended against Santa Rosa (19-1-3), which received first-half goals from Erica Cunningham and Cara Curtin for a 2-0 semifinal victory. The Bear Cubs are in their third final in four years after falling to Cerritos in 2008 and San Bernardino Valley last year. Cypress finishes at 14-5-5.

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