August 15, 2002


Los Angeles Mission College's return to athletic competition officially begins on September 3, when its men's and women's soccer teams take on respective opponents in a pair of non-conference games.

The men's team will be matched against East Los Angeles College in a 4 p.m. contest at Birmingham High School. Because Mission College does not have an athletic field, the men's soccer team will play its "home" games at Birmingham High School.

The women's team, meanwhile, will be on the road, playing Santa Monica College in a 4 p.m. match. The women's team will play its home games at San Fernando High School.

Due to budget cuts, Mission College was forced to end its athletics program in 1997. Upon her appointment as college president in 2000, Dr. Adriana Barrera committed herself to returning at least a partial sports program to the campus. The re-birth of athletics at Mission College begins with men's and women's soccer this fall and continues with men's baseball and women's softball in the spring.
"I'm very excited about the return of athletics to Los Angeles Mission College," said John Klitsner, athletic director. "We have two quality head coaches who have worked hard to recruit the best student athletes to our college."

E.B. Madha is head coach of the men's team. He is the boys' soccer coach at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, and previously has coached at Hart High School in Newhall. He also has more than 20 years experience coaching club soccer, most recently with the West Valley Samba.

Shannon Higgins coaches the Mission College women's team. She is the girls' soccer coach at San Fernando High School, and also has served as assistant soccer coach at Moorpark College. Prior to moving to California, Higgins worked in various youth soccer programs in Massachusetts.

The men's team plays five non-conference games and takes part in the Oxnard College Tournament before beginning a 14-game conference season on September 27 against Taft College on the road.

The women's team will play a seven-game inter-divisional schedule before beginning divisional play against Moorpark College on September 27. This match, at 4 p.m. at San Fernando High School, marks the start of a 13-game divisional schedule.

Both teams will compete in the Western State Conference.

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See the complete men's and women's soccer schedules