By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Led by All-American Keenan Whyte, the Santa Rosa Junior College men’s soccer team placed seven players on postseason squads.
Whyte, a sophomore from Montgomery high, made the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire Junior College Men’s Division III All-America First Team. Whyte was All-America Second Team a year ago. The midfielder also made the NSCAA All-West Region team, in addition to Player of the Year in the Big 8 Conference, where Whyte was fourth in goals scored.
Santa Rosa placed three other players on the Big 8 First Team: Francisco Garcia, a freshman defender from Montgomery, who led the conference in assists and was fourth in total points; Rogelio Alvarado, sophomore defender from Ukiah high; and Petter Lund, freshman midfielder, from Norway.
Second team conference honors went to: Dontae Garcia, freshman defender, Maria Carrillo; Roberto Garcia, freshman defender, Corning high; Victor Calderon, freshman midfielder, Armijo high, Fairfield.
After an uneven start to the season, Santa Rosa did not lose for a dozen games over two months.
Santa Rosa captured the Big 8 title and then won two contests in the California Community College Athletic Association tournament. The season ended with a quarterfinal loss as Santa Rosa finished 12-4-6.
In the final rankings Santa Rosa was 7th in the state and 3rd in Northern California.