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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 survives delay, back in final four

November, 26, 2011
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Mt. San Antonio College will again have a chance to defend its state championship, but getting there took longer than expected.


The Mounties (20-0-3), winners of the past two state community college men's soccer champions, needed 5 hours Saturday to pull out a 2-0 triumph over visiting Oxnard (15-2-6) in a Southern California Regional final and claim a spot in their fifth straight California final four.

The game, which began at 2 p.m., was delayed for nearly four hours after a nearby gas leak forced an evacuation on the Mt. SAC campus in Walnut.

Javier Castro (Pomona/International Poly HS) scored early for Mt. SAC, the nation's No. 1-ranked non-scholarship JC team, and Luis Fuentes (Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista HS) netted his 19th of the season after the break.

The game was halted in the 38th minute, with Mt. SAC ahead, 1-0, when a Mt. SAC equipment manager accidentally drove a campus cart into an “old gas tank” adjacent to the soccer field, Mounties coach Juan Sanchez said. The area was cleared, the gas company summoned, the torn line repaired, and play started anew at about 6:15. The game ended a little before 7:30.

“It was one of those weird games,” Sanchez said. “They were all over us just before it happened -- they had just hit the post and were attacking us. ... We wanted to finish it [Saturday], because if we had to play later, we'd have to start over, and we would have lost our advantage.”

Mt. SAC will face City College of San Francisco (19-4-2), a 3-0 winner at Los Altos Hills-based Foothill, in a state semifinal Friday afternoon at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

In other men's action:
  • Duran Stanley and Rodrigo Perez scored overtime goals to lift Santa Barbara City College (18-1-4) to a 2-0 victory over visiting Golden West (13-6-4), from Huntington Beach. The Vaqueros will face Hartnell (18-2-3), from Salinas, in Friday's semifinals.

WOMEN: Cypress topples San Bernardino Valley on PKs

CYPRESS -- Michelle Mendez came off the bench at the end of overtime and made two saves in the penalty-kick shootout to lead Cypress College back to the state final four after a four-year absence.

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JC: Mt. SAC makes it two in a row

December, 5, 2010
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SANTA CLARITA -- There was no stopping Luis Fuentes on Sunday, and so Mt. San Antonio College is celebrating its second successive state junior college men's championship.


Fuentes (Azusa/Sierra Vista HS) scored a hat trick as the Mounties (19-1-4) defeated host College of the Canyons, 4-0, in an all-Southern California affair that was more lopsided than the score suggests.

Mt. SAC took the lead in a tight game on Fuentes' 25th-minute penalty kick -- Michael Chavez (Riverside/Arlington HS) drew the foul from Jose Reyes (Sylmar/Sylmar HS) -- and then took command, dominating midfield primarily through Adrian Padilla (West Covina/West Covina HS) and applying heavy pressure on Canyons' defense the rest of the way.

Fuentes, who set up both Mounties goals in Friday's semifinal win over West Valley, struck again in the 54th and 70th minutes, and Cal Poly Pomona transfer Javier Castro (Pomona/I Poly HS) added the fourth in the 78th.

Fuentes, a freshman whose speed on the flanks played havoc on Canyons' back line, called winning -- and with three goals, no less -- “one of my dreams come true,” and coach Juan Sanchez said he “enjoyed this one more than last year, because I didn't know how to react [last year], and this year this group of players was just great.”

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JC: Mt. SAC, Canyons in title showdown

December, 3, 2010
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Mt. San Antonio needed a little late fortune to get where it's supposed to be. College of the Canyons' upset bid was anything but a surprise. Now they'll meet for California's junior college men's title.

Mt. SAC, the top seed in Southern California, overcame West Valley, 2-1, Friday in Santa Clarita on an 88th-minute penalty kick to reach the final for the third successive season. The defending champ will take on host Canyons, a 3-0 winner over Fresno City College -- Northern California's top team -- in Sunday morning's championship game.

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