ESPN Ranks JSerra #1 in the Nation

Now that JSerra boys soccer has proven itself as a force to be reckoned with in Orange County, the team is looking to make a statement nationally.

The three-time Trinity League champs enter the 2010-2011 season ESPN‘s #1 ranked team in the country.

And senior forward Juan Gutierrez, who has committed play at UC Irvine next year, was heralded by the sports network as the nation’s top player to watch.

“It is painful. But they (JSerra) are a great team, and they have phenomenal talent,” Mater Dei coach Andy Thomas said, to the OC Register. “It is a tough league … a cruel league.”

Opening with a preseason home game against Buena High School on the 29th at 3pm, the Lions look to star forward “Crabby” (Juan Gutierrez), who was voted ESPN’s Athlete of the Year for the 2009-2010 season, to bring his A-game.

What makes Gutierrez even better is that he plays in a system that elevates his game. Last season, Gutierrez scored in three consecutive playoff games for the Lions, bringing the team’s second consecutive Trinity League title safely home for JSerra.

With the much anticipated 2010-2011 season starting soon don’t miss a beat, stay tuned to the JSerra blog for all the latest updates, video and interviews.

For a quick look at the Lions past season check these links out:

Crabby scores top slot in ESPN’s 2009-2010 Athletes of the Year click here to see the complete list.

OC Register has high hopes for Crabby coming into a new season read the full article.

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