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The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

SRJC men’s soccer dominates Las  Positas

Chelsea Kurnick
Bear Cubs defender Manuel Albor boots it long on a free kick.

SRJC men’s soccer team beat Las Positas College 5-0 in the last game of the preseason on Sept. 22.

SRJC started off strong when midfielder Jasveer Garcias scored the first goal 10 minutes into the game. Shortly after, in the 20th minute, SRJC doubled their lead when midfielder Sergio Bermudez passed to the middle of the box from a corner kick and, after a save by the opposing goalkeeper, midfielder Joao Assad scored the rebound.

Las Positas tried to get back into the game by pressuring the SRJC midfield, hoping the Bear Cubs would make a mistake. Las Positas were able to get toward the SRJC goal, but every time they tried to shoot, SRJC’s central defenders were there to block any shots.

Teammates catch their breath after a strong first half. (Chelsea Kurnick)

Regarding the defense, assistant coach Daniel Garcia said: “We’re playing well together in the back. We have some players that work really well off one another.”

The second half began with SRJC dominating in the midfield. They passed the ball to each other with ease, despite constant pressure from the Las Positas players. 

Bear Cubs midfielder Joao Assad is right on time to score on the rebound.
(Chelsea Kurnick)

Midfielder Alex Climaco crossed the ball into the penalty box to forward Victor Vargas, who scored to make it 3-0 for SRJC in the 49th minute. SRJC maintained control of the second half, trying to score as many goals as possible with a few missed chances.

Alex Climaco had the ball on the right-hand side and beat the Las Positas defender one-on-one, then passed it just outside the penalty box to midfielder Sam Nolan, who scored a low shot for the fourth goal of the game.

Jasveer Garcias slots it into the empty net. (Chelsea Kurnick)

Forward Jaxon Cho almost made it five when he was in the penalty box after a pass from Alejandro Rosales, but a fingertip save from the goalkeeper denied him. 

The fifth goal came in the dying minutes of the game when Garcias passed the ball between two defenders to Cho, who chipped it over the goalkeeper to seal their sixth win in the last eight games.

“I think our team is pretty tight and everyone gets on really well, I think because we’ve all played with each other for a while,” Nolan said. “We were comfortable, we knew what we could do. We had a comfortable win.”

After the match, head coach Marty Kinahan makes sure players who didn’t get much time on the field stay game-ready by running laps. (Chelsea Kurnick)

Garcia said, “That’s not the only game that we’ve done so well defensively. Also, today we didn’t get scored on, so that’s always good.”

It was a smoky day due to the wildfires in Oregon and Northern California, with an air quality index of 150, which is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.

SRJC will play the first conference game at home against Consumnes River College at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29.

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About the Contributors
Jaime Jauregui
Jaime Jauregui, Reporter
Chelsea Kurnick
Chelsea Kurnick, Editor
Chelsea Kurnick (she/her) is in her second semester at SRJC and The Oak Leaf. Chelsea has a BA in Linguistics from UC Riverside, where she edited and designed the university's 51st volume of Mosaic, a journal of art and literature. Chelsea has bylines in the North Bay Bohemian, East Bay Express, The Press Democrat and Sonoma Magazine. She writes about the LGBTQIA+ community, social justice, and mental health. She hopes to attend UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program.

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