Youth movement: Colusa boys soccer has a bevy of talented freshmen

A total of seven starters from last year’s 8-9-3 squad return this year for the RedHawks boy’s soccer team.

Among them are midfielders Mario Galvan, a strong play maker, Christian Velez, an offensive threat and team leader, and Manuel Lomeli, who has great ball skills, head coach Dan Kiely said. Also back are Fabian Navarro, a defender who brings great fullback play and brings speed to the defensive third, Leo Guzman, who plays both forward and fullback and has great skills at both positions, and Adan Duran, a fullback who plays smart on defense and has the ability to set up plays from the back, Kiely said.

While the RedHawks are returning well over half of last year’s starters, Kiely said that the thing that stands out about this year’s squad is the number of young newcomers who made the team, each of whom has the skills to be a contributor this year.

“There are ten very talented Freshman on the team this year and I am very excited to see their progression,” Kiely said. “In my 24 years of coaching at Colusa High School, this is the second season with this many freshman on the team.”

Kiely’s squad saw its first action of the season last Wednesday in a non-league contest against Sutter, which ended up as a 0-0 tie.

Colusa controlled the offense for much of the match, out-shooting the Huskies 27-3, but were unable to find the back of the net.

It was a very physical game, with both teams showing strong play in the midfield. The RedHawks had great play from midfielders Mario Galvan, Ulises Galvan, Dominic Garcia and Victor Hernandez. Defensive standouts were Leo Guzman, Adan Duran, Fabian Navarro and Jesus Hernandez. Strong play up front for Colusa was forward Christian Velez. Colusa Keepers Jose Arenas and Andy Lopez had great games with Arenas having 1 save in the first half and Lopez posting 2 saves in the second. The RedHawks stand at 0-0-1 in non-league play and will travel again next week to take on Williams in another non-league match.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net