Iturbe, Arroyo headed to SSU men’s team

A pair of Empire prep standouts highlights additions to the Sonoma State men’s soccer team for the coming season.

Bryan Iturbe, from Roseland University Prep and Michel Arroyo, Calistoga High, join the class of eight freshmen coach Marcus Ziemer brings in for his 21st season at Sonoma State.

Also joining the Seawolves are: Graeme Mathers, Torrance (South High); Dylan Stafford, San Diego (Cathedral Catholic High); Evan Filipczyk, Hillsborough (Woodside Priory School); Brenton Frame (Thousand Oaks High); Chris Pihl, Tustin (Foothill High); Daniel Theobald, Gardena (Animo Leadership Charter High); and Anders Perez, Vallejo (Bentley School, Lafayette).

The Empire players should help bolster the Seawolves on both ends of the field.
Iturbe was one of the region’s top goalkeepers, earning All-Empire and All-North Central League II South honors each of the past two seasons.

“Bryan is an excellent keeper that suits our style,” Ziemer said. “He is great in the goal, but can also play on the field so he is comfortable with the ball at his feet.”

Arroyo was the North Central League II South’s Most Valuable Player each of the past two seasons.

“Michel is a dangerous attacking player who can play anywhere on the field,” Ziemer said. “He is very quick and skilled and will be a dangerous player for us.”

The 2011 season kicks off with exhibitions at home against San Francisco (Aug. 18), SRJC (Aug. 25), and the Sonoma County Sol (Aug. 27). The regular season opens with two more home contests, Sept. 1 vs. Academy of Art and Sept. 6 vs. Notre Dame de Namur.

Sonoma State begins defense of the Seawolves latest California Collegiate Athletic Association title at Chico State on Sept. 9. The first conference home match follows against Humboldt State on Sept. 11.

Last season Sonoma State finished 14-6-1. The Seawolves reached the NCAA Div. II tournament for a fourth consecutive year.

SSU TENNIS COACH STEPS DOWN

Sonoma State is looking for a new women’s tennis coach following longtime leader Tracey Prince’s retirement.

Prince started in 1997 when SSU brought back women’s tennis five years after the program was dropped. The Seawolves were 158-141 during Prince’s tenure.

“Tracey’s work in reviving and maintaining the women’s tennis program was exemplary,” said SSU athletic director Bill Fusco.

Prince’s departure followed a season away from the team to spend more time with her family. Assistant coach Joaquin Lopez was interim head coach.

In her 14 seasons as coach, Prince led the Seawolves to the NCAA Div. II regional playoffs 11 times.

Prince also started the Cal State San Bernardino program. Prince assisted at Cal Poly Pomona when the Broncos won the Div. II title, finished third, and then second from 1992 through 1994.

YOUTH SOCCER

The Empire will have two girls teams represented in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Far West Regionls today at Boise, Idaho.

The Santa Rosa United U-13 Freeze will face Las Vegas Premier White at 1 p.m. after going undefeated in the preliminary round. The team from Las Vegas finished 2-0-1 in the opening round with the tie coming against a team from Utah.

The SRU U-12 Ice will play Colorado Storm Royal at 9 a.m. in a quarterfinal round match after finishing 2-0-1 with a tie against the Cal-South Eagles. Storm Royal was 3-0 in the initial round of play.

Semifinals in the tournament are Saturday and the championship games on Sunday.