Eagles looks to rise in the SFL

Del Oro Soccer Outlook
By: Joshua Ansley Journal Sports Writer
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Former midfielder for the Sacramento Knights’ professional soccer team, Matt Scammacca, is the new coach for the Del Oro high soccer team coach this year. Scammacca, who also played four years at Sacramento State, will have his hands full as he looks to turn the team into a real contender. Del Oro begins practice next week as it tries to improve on last year’s mediocre season. The Golden Eagles finished 5-4-3 in the Sierra Foothill League. “We haven’t really met our expectations,” Scammacca said. “Last year was a struggle, but I know the potential we have, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t be in the playoffs every year.” The two biggest question marks for the upcoming season will be about how they can replace former star goalkeeper, Alec Lyons, and midfielder Casey Meuser, who is playing soccer at San Diego State this year. Although there are a lot of new challenges, Del Oro has nine returning juniors, and is hoping that experience will pay off. While last season they showed a tendency to falter against lesser or equal opponents, they have showed they are capable. They were able to hold Rocklin to a 0-0 tie, and the Thunder went on to win the Sierra Foothill League. There are several key players the Golden Eagles need to step up and lead if they plan on making any headway against teams like Rocklin. Senior Kolby Mitnick should prove to be a nuisance for opposing defenses this year. Mitnick has the talent to play at the collegiate level. He started on varsity his freshman year, and also plays soccer for the prestigious California Development Academy. One of the biggest factors will be at the goalie position, where Nick Herman will be replacing a former two-year starter in Lyons. The production at goalie will set the precedent for the Golden Eagles’ success. Another important component for this year will be how well senior Seth Alquist can play center/midfielder. Alquist said playing club this year has allowed him to take his game to another level and really improved his fitness. “I wasn’t in as good of shape last year,” Alquist said. “I think this year I’ll be tougher. I think we’ll all be strong this year.” If experience matters, then Del Oro should be in good shape by its first game Aug. 30 at Vista Del Lago. “We have a lot of returning players,” assistant coach Dave Shiro said. “A lot of these kids have played varsity for three years.” Scammacca feels that the school has put him and the team in a good position to be successful this season. “I get a lot of support,” he said. “This is a great environment, and expectations are high.”