Head Coach Evan Prybutok, along with all of the faculty and administration, have worked hard to assemble a quality athletic program that will meet the same tremendous standards and success, both with academics and performance, that Otero has already established for itself.
Preseason started August 7; leaving the new soccer team three weeks to prepare for their first ever game against Dodge City CC on August 28. While the team is very young (34 out of the 35 man roster are freshman with no collegiate playing experience) it is an exceptionally talented squad with a tremendous amount of potential.
An overview of the players and their positions includes:
Forwards: There’s no shortage of talent and depth that the Rattlers will display this season in the attack. The core of forwards at Prybutok’s disposal are led by speedster Karamba Janneh (Bronx, N.Y.) a two time leading goal scorer in the New York City High School League, and also one of the top players nationally in the Super-Y League. Partnering up with him will be Makir Oropeza (Denver), T.J. Podio (Pueblo), and Jose Gallarza (Fort Morgan), who were the top three leading goal scorers for high school in all of Colorado this past season. Also adding to the attack will be Aaron De La Cruz (Boulder) and Emmanuel Kollie (Philadelphia, Pa.); both with the ability to make an impact.
Midfield: The midfield contains several versatile and gifted players with great vision and creativity. Cantu Palombo (Albuquerque, N.M.), Ayrton Chavez (Aurora), Alex Fernandez (Denver), and Matthaus Hawkins (Albuquerque, N.M.), all have the ability to open things up out on the field. Charles Howard (Philadelphia, Pa.), Kaveh Akbari (Glenview, Ill.), and Humberto Aguilar (Albuquerque, N.M.), will balance out the middle with solid play as well.
Defenders: Otero’s defense will contain several members with size as well as well as technical ability. Anchoring the back will be 6’1 freshman captain Bobby Bertoldo (Las Cruces, N.M.). He’ll be joined by Lamin Janneh (Bronx, N.Y.) and Martin Orona (Boulder) to create a solid foundation of center-backs. On the outside Noe Rios (Thornton) and Nolan Glivar (Colorado Springs) will form a duo that have the ability to not only defend, but also get forward when needed.
Goalkeepers: There are four goalkeepers who entered the season battling it out for the starting job. Sean Bogardus (Colorado Springs) is a reliable shot stopper who transferred in from the College of the Canyons where he previously played last season. Zach Solis (Canon City), Ruben Quetglas (Miami, Fla.), and Sean Heathcock (Pearland, Texas) all possess size and talent in the net as well. The team, school, and community are all extremely excited about the addition of the sport to the area, and what the upcoming season has in store,.
The first-ever home game will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday September, 10 in the brand new Tiger Stadium at La Junta High School. Admission will be free to all home games during the inaugural season. To follow the OJC Rattler Soccer Team, read player bios, scores and updates, go to: www.ojc.edu/soccer.aspx
Back row( l-r): Zach Solis, Canon City; Ruben Quetglas, Miami, Fla.; Corey Hastings, Colorado Springs; Josh Fleischer, Parker; Jorge Perez, Fountain; Bobby Bertoldo, Las Cruces, N.M.; Matthaus Hawkins, Albuquerque, N.M.; Martin Orona, Boulder; Lamin Janneh, Bronx, N.Y.; Carlos Rea, Leadville; Josue Jimenez, Denver; Sean Heathcock, Pearland, Texas and Sean Bogardus, Colorado Springs.
Middle Row (l-r): Charles Howard, Philadelphia, Pa.; Frankie Garcia, Albuquerque, N.M.; Makir Oropeza, Denver; Noe Rios, Thornton; Jose Gallarza, Fort Morgan; Nolan Glivar, Colorado Springs; Tyler Medina, Pueblo; Cantu Palombo, Albuquerque, N.M.; Jesse Rouse, Wasilla, Alaska; Francisco Torres, Las Cruces, N.M.; Emmanuel Kollie, Philadelphia, Pa. and T.J. Podio, Pueblo West;
Front Row (l-r): Kaveh Akbari, Glenview, Ill.; Ayrton Chavez, Aurora; Adrian Carrillo, Aurora; Jose Martinez, Aurora; Omar Saucedo, Aurora; Araon De La Cruz, Boulder; Alex Fernandez, Denver; Karamba Janneh, Bronx, N.Y. and Hunberto Aguilar, Albuquerque, N.M.