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Where Are They Now? College Soccer Update Part I

They featured for SF City over the summer, but now they’re back with their collegiate sides hoping to make waves during the 2016 season. Some return as defending National Champions, some just want to win their league for a crack at the NCAA tournament.

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Stanford and SF City Goalkeeper Andrew Epstein. Photo by Nap Ba.
We start with defending NCAA Champions Stanford, where 3 SF City players return to the Farm to compete in trying to become back-to-back champions. Thus far, the Cardinal has played 2 matches, both draws with Penn State (0-0) and St. Mary’s (2-2). Junior Goalkeeper Andrew Epstein has started and played every minute of the season thus far making 3 saves and earning a shutout. Winger Bryce Marion (a Junior) has started both games and had an assist against St. Mary’s last weekend. Another Wideman, Senior Trevor Hyman, has seen his time split with Marion, but featured in both matches. Stanford will easily make it back to the NCAA tournament and we could see them late in the post-season again.

You can see Andrew, Bryce and Trevor in their games at Stanford, here. Also, join SF City fans and Members on Sunday October 2nd at 5pm, for Stanford vs. California at Cagan Stadium.

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Cal and SF City Defender/Midfielder Trevor Haberkorn. Photo by Nap Ba.
Moving across the Bay, we check-in on Cal Golden Bears players, Trevor Haberkorn and Matt Chasman. Both played for SF City during the end of our Inaugural PDL season. The Bears are (1-0-1), with a tie against St. Mary’s and a win over Penn State last weekend. Senior Haberkorn is a versatile defender and midfielder, he has played every minute thus far for the Bears and assisted on the winning goal for Cal against the Nittany Lions. Junior Chasman has come off the bench in both matches and played significant portions of both. California will almost certainly be included in the NCAA tournament field of 48, as they challenge Stanford for Pac-12 honors too.

You can see Trevor and Matt in their games at Cal here. Reminder, you can join SF City fans and Members on Sunday October 2nd at 5pm, for Stanford vs. California at Cagan Stadium.

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St. Mary’s College & SF City Midfielder Max Mirner. Photo by Nap Ba
Keeping it local in the East Bay, we venture to St. Mary’s to hear about Junior standout Max Mirner. St Mary’s has two (2-2) draws both against Cal, Stanford then lost to the University of Washington at home 2-1. Max started and played in the #9 (Center Forward) position for SF City, finding the back of the net notably against Burlingame with a snap header at Burlingame High. So far Max has already scored once, against Stanford last weekend. Mirner is one of 10 upperclassmen trying to make sure this St. Mary’s team challenges for the West Coast Conference title this season after a 3rd place finish in 2015.

Follow Max and the Gaels at their home matches here. You can also join SF City fans and Members when St. Mary’s hosts Santa Clara University on Sunday October 30th, 1pm in Moraga.

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SCU & SF City Midfielder Dylan Caton. Photo by Nap Ba.
Shifting gears back down South, Santa Clara University looks to defend their West Coast Conference title. Both Senior Martin Riedler and Sophomore Dylan Caton will add plenty of bite to the Broncos’ title defense. Neither player has featured yet in 2016, but West Coast Conference Coach of the year, Cameron Rast, and the Broncos have high hopes to make it back into the field of 48.

Follow Martin and Dylan at their matches here. You can also join SF City fans and Members when St. Mary’s hosts Santa Clara on Sunday October 30th, 1pm in Moraga.

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SF State & SF City Midfielder Ash Watson. Photo by Nap Ba.

Finally, we move North to the first of our San Francisco Schools, SF State. SFSU welcomes a new head coach, Javier Ayala-Hil. He will oversee 4 SF City players: Seniors Manny Jimenez (GK), Emmanuel Serrano (MF), Captain Ashley Watson (MF), plus Junior transfer Andy Altamirano (MF). SF State hosted Hope International University yesterday and lost 1-0, however, Jimenez, Serrano and Watson all played 90 minutes for the Golden Gators. SF State has a solid core for 2016, led by SF City players and will challenge for the CCAA title.

Follow Manny, Emmanuel, Ash and Andy here. Join SF City fans and Members when SF State hosts the Academy of Art on September 10th at 4pm, live at Cox Stadium.

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USF & SF City Forward David Garrett. Photo by Nap Ba.

Lastly, we have an update from the Hilltop and the University of San Francisco. Head Coach Eddie Soto has 5 SF City players in his ranks. Senior Defender & Captain Christian DeLuna, Junior Midfielder Jordy Hughes, Junior Defender Kamron Crow, Freshman Goalkeeper Alejandro Munoz and Senior Forward David Garrett. USF lost their first game away 3-1 to Omaha-Nebraska last weekend, and their 2nd game was cancelled due to thunderstorms at Creighton (similar story to SF City’s opener away to Vegas). However, last night, they won 2-1 at UC Bakersfield, courtesy of a David Garrett strike. USF has one of the strongest groups looking to challenge for the West Coast Conference title in 2016 in Soto’s 3rd season. USF will host UC Davis this Labor Day weekend, September 3rd with SF City providing a special tailgate in the Panhandle! To join us, click here! 

Also, you can follow Christian, Jordy, Kamron, Alejandro and the University of San Francisco Dons and their matches here. USF will be hosting Stanford on September 23rd at 7pm, where SF City fans and Members will be in attendance. Join us!