It has been a long time since either San Bernardino Valley College or Cal State San Bernardino went into the end of a men’s soccer season with much on the line. But the Wolverines and Coyotes are both having outstanding seasons.
With the quality of the area’s youth soccer leagues there is really no reason the programs at both can’t be successful. Their rosters are full of local products, with a few others complimenting that mix.
The Cal State men, coached by Noah Kooiman, have already clinched a spot in the CCAA Tournament. They are 14-3-1 overall and 10-3-1 in conference play. It’s the third-best record in the history of the program dating back to 1984-85 and surpasses the 1993 mark of 13 wins. The all-time mark is 16 set in 1987.
The Coyotes have two regular season matches left, both against local rival Cal Poly Pomona.
At SBVC, Coach Josh Brown’s hard work is starting to pay off. The men are 10-5-3, 2-2-1 in the Foothill Conference with three matches to go. The Wolverines will be hard-pressed to finish ahead of Rio Hondo, which has won 100 titles in a row. So It’s only nine. But you get the picture.
But the Wolverines could still make the playoffs and that would be huge, especially considering they won just three games last year. Winning at the junior college level is also hard because there is so much turnover. But Brown’s team is made up of mostly freshmen, which bodes well for next year too!