Varsity Soccer Remains on Top as They Enter League Matches

soccer1By Jason Eichelberger, OC Varsity

The JSerra girls soccer team concluded the nonleague part of its schedule as one of the county’s hottest teams.

The Lions used that momentum to open Trinity League play with a big victory Thursday.

Junior Isabella Guerry scored two first-half goals to spark the Lions to a 2-0 victory over  Mater Dei in the league opener for both teams at JSerra High.

“We were really pumped up for this game because Mater Dei is a good team and we started out strong,” Guerry said. “We are becoming a stronger and closer team, and ultimately, our confidence level is continuing to rise.”

The Lions (10-2-3, 1-0) are undefeated in their past 13 matches overall (10-0-3), and have posted eight consecutive shutouts. Their unbeaten streak includes a tournament championship at the Bellflower Tournament and winning the Red Division title at the North Orange County Classic.

The victory also marked the first time JSerra has defeated Mater Dei (7-6-3) since a 2-1 decision on Jan. 29, 2009.

“We feel like we are a different team this year and these kids believe in themselves,” Lions coach Rick Young said. “The girls feel that they can compete with anyone and they fight for 80 minutes.”

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JSerra Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

(left to right) Rick Young (girls soccer), Jim Hartigan (football), Davor Fabulich (boys soccer), Dave Lawn (athletic director), Brooke Barnidge, Jonavaughn Williams, Sagar Jambusaria.

Congratulations to JSerra’s Brooke Barnidge, Jonavaughn Williams and Sagar Jamusaria for signing their letter of intent.

Brooke Barnidge committed to playing soccer at Point Loma University, majoring in psychology. “I’m beyond excited to play for Point Loma. It’s everything I had ever wanted since I was a kid. All my training is finally paying off.”

Jonavaughn Williams committed to play football for University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), majoring in business and hotel administration. “I am blessed that UNLV is giving me the opportunity to play football for them, it wasn’t an easy decision but this is where I’m meant to be.”

Sagar Jambusaria committed to play soccer at Northwestern University, hoping to major in kinesiology.
“I am extremely excited to play for Northwestern. No one in my family has ever played a sport at the collegiate level. I’m happy that Northwestern can offer me a strong academic experience as well as athletic.”

Girls Soccer Coach Profiled By OC Register

By OC Register Reporter Mark Garcia

Rick Young was named the new girls soccer coach at JSerra High, officials announced earlier this year.

Young comes to JSerra with over 17 years of coaching club soccer, which included time with the Slammers Futbol Club of Newport Beach.

He has won state, regional and national club titles, and has had over 100 players compete at the collegiate level.

“His energy, knowledge of the game and ability to inspire others provide him with the tools to effectively coach today’s athlete,” said JSerra Athletic Director Jim Hartigan.

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