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A Rebuilding Year

Mar 07, 2015 10:31AM ● By Jennifer Neys

Pictured at Senior Night from LtoR: Salman Abdurrohmann, Jose Elizondo, Angelo Gastello, D’Angelo Morales, Carlos Nunez and Manny Ojeda.

By M. Johnson

With the graduation of nine seniors and the retirement of Coach Mark Eitelgeorge at the end of the 2014 season, the Alhambra High School boys soccer program was definitely in flux. Following four straight years of North Coast Section (NCS) qualifications and averaging 9.5 wins per season, the 2015 team was a shell of what it had been, and the administration was on the lookout for an established coach with a track record of success. What they found was one of the Bay Area's best.

After a two-year sabbatical, one of the winningest and most respected coaches decided it was time to get back on the sidelines. Rory Gentry, a two-time winner of the Contra Costa Times Boys Soccer Coach of the Year (2004 and 2010) answered the advertisement, and the rest, as they say, is history.

With an overall record of 3 wins, 17 losses and 2 ties, the Bulldogs' record was not a very good indicator of the improvements that had taken place over the season. With a line-up that consisted of a handful of seniors, but mostly 9th and 10th graders, the team was not focusing on wins and losses, but rather team  goals and individual improvement at every position. Over the last four games, AHS' record was 1 win (a senior night drubbing of Acalanes 3-1, featuring two goals by senior Carlos Nunez and a 6-save outing by junior goalkeeper Jose Diaz), 2 ties, and a hard fought loss to league champions Campolindo. "With the improved play of our younger players and the continued success of our junior varsity program under coaches Andrew Bower and Bulldog 2014 alumni Juan Sanchez, our coaching staff and returning players are very excited for the 2016 season," said Gentry.

Other Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) coaches definitely agreed and awarded all-league recognitions to 1st team selection senior D'Angelo Morales, 2nd teamer junior Blake Johnson, and honorable mentions to senior Salman Abdurrohmann, sophomore Andrew Olvera, and freshman Nick Silva. The future for the Bulldogs Boys Soccer teams looks very bright indeed.