Soccer Team Seeks Leader
Madha searches for a team leader. Is he in this group?
on last years season and wonders if it was a dream.
In only their second year back to competition after a five-year athletics
hiatus, the Eagles won the conference title, were ranked in the top 10
nationally most of the season, saw their key player (Ivan Becerra) named
a community college All American and Conference Player of the Year, and
celebrated when nine Eagles landed on the All Conference first or second
How do you top that?
Madha is not trying to. Just before the start of the 2004 season, Madha
and assistant coaches Norman Mejia and Jose Mejia have set a more immediate
goal: find a leader.
"Last year, we had so many returning players, it was easy to find
leaders and thats why the team jelled so quickly," said Madha.
"With all the new faces, that leader hasnt emerged yet this
Seven players are returning from last years squad. The balance,
about 15, are new. Madha says there is talent on the team, led by last
years starters Christian Piedra and Antonio Llerenas, as well as
some impressive new players from local high school teams.
SYLMAR Mens soccer coach E.B. Madha looks back
Coach E.B. Madha (center) with assistant coaches Norman Mejia
(left) and Jose Mejia
to need a couple of games under our belt before we see a team that can
play well together," said Madha. He believes a leader will emerge
in those early games to show the others the way. Even though he doesnt
know who that player will be, Madha can describe him to a tee.
"The leader on this team will be somebody who can pick us up when
we need picking up; who can rally us; who, by example, shows hes
giving 110 percent on the field and asks the same from everybody else."
The Eagles begin pre-conference play on August 27 with a match against
San Diego Community College. Conference play begins on September 10 with
a home game against Oxnard. Home games will be played at Birmingham High
School, 17000 Haynes St., Lake Balboa.
the Mens Soccer Schedule