A season full of skill and attacking flair ended a bit sooner than
the Gladiators would have liked, but injuries and a few close
results kept them out of the regional playoffs.
The tough ending came after after a spectacular 8-0 start to the
season, when they amassed 27 goals.
Coach Tony Igwe, knowing that his defense was decimated by injuries,
was proud of the effort and the quality his team consistently
Outstanding Gladiators goalkeeper Alejandro Cervantes was
co-Goalkeeper of the Year in the Coast-North. Defensive midfielder
Isaac Mensah and central midfielder Justyn Raygoza were also
first-team all-division. Mensah and Raygoza were team captains.
Juan Lara, a left midfielder, and Mandeep Singh, a sweeper, made
the second team. Brandon Sosa, an international student from
Guatemala with tremendous attacking skill, received a team
certificate as its top goal scorer with nine goals. Sosa, who
battled shin splints, and was among the teamís five injured players
The Gladiators (10-6-4) came oh so close to making the playoffs.
They tied their final four opponents, including rival Ohlone 1-1,
finishing 3-6-4 in conference.