Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Boys’ Soccer’s 13 Seniors Reflect On Careers Ahead Of Saturday’s Senior Night


 

Mount Vernon, Wash. — On Saturday night before the Mount Vernon boys’ soccer matchup vs. Sehome, the 13 members of the program’s senior class will receive much-deserved recognition at midfield for their accomplishments to the high school program.

 

All 13 student-athletes have made significant contributions to the team in one way or another. Some have made significant strides on the field, while all have contributed to the team’s betterment in training and the Mount Vernon community.

 

We caught up with the thirteen seniors ahead of Saturday’s Senior Night.

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#0 Jose Batista – Goalkeeper

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

JB: Plenty to choose from, but scoring two goals against Nooksack Valley.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

JB: My relationship with the other seniors is excellent. It grew stronger with every day, but I am grateful that we could have a season together this year.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

JB: It is a bittersweet feeling, but mostly bitter. It hurts not to be able to make a run at the state championship this year. We have a fantastic group this year and will forever wonder, “What if?” Regardless, we made lots of great memories together, and I am happy to call them my brothers.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

JB: The brotherhood. The team’s energy and joy brought to training and games were what I looked forward to every day.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

JB: Extremely. The best part is that I can say I was a part of this program. There is potential, and I cannot wait to see where the boys can take it in the years to come.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

JB: Everything. I learned most of my techniques from the goalkeeper coaches. More importantly, I grew as a person. I learned how to handle difficult situations better. The coaches were not only worried about teaching us the game; they were interested in making us better individuals that could make something of ourselves and help our community.

What are your postgraduate plans?

JB: Currently, I hope to play soccer for Skagit Valley College and major in psychology.

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#1 Alan Ruiz – Goalkeeper

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

AR: My favorite memory has to be singing on the way back from away games.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

AR: I would describe my relationship with my fellow seniors and team as family. They are all my brothers.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

AR: I think high school went by so fast. It all feels surreal, but I am ready for the next chapter in my life.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

AR: I will miss the bonds and friendships that the program allows us to build over four years.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

AR: I am very proud to have been a part of this program because it taught me lessons that applied to the game, but it also taught me lessons that I will take with me and use in life after soccer.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

AR: I would like to thank the coaching staff for not letting me give up. They taught me to push through the negative thoughts that bring us down and focus on the positives. Telling yourself, “You can do it,” is half the fight. Telling yourself, “You will do it,” is the other.

What are your postgraduate plans?

AR: I plan to attend Washington State University next year to major in basic medical sciences. I hope to then go to medical school.

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#2 Levi Medrano – Defender – Junior Varsity

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

LM: My favorite memory is of Green & White Night this year. For starters, there were lots of great goals scored. On top of that, the atmosphere was fantastic—there were so many fans. Every person had fun that night, and the seniors had a comeback win against the underclassmen!

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

LM: I have known most of my fellow seniors for a long time. Some of them, since elementary school. I have grown up with many of them, and I have a good relationship with those I have recently come to know. I will miss them all, and I wish them the best of luck, wherever life may take them.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

LM: Surprisingly, it went by quickly. I am sad to see it come to an end, but I am also glad I got to be a part of this program and experience.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

LM: Honestly, the companionship. There is nothing better than playing a sport you love with your friends. Once this is over, we will never have the same friends playing soccer in this same atmosphere. That is something I will truly miss.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

LM: I am honored to have been a part of this program’s history.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

LM: The coaches taught me never to give up on myself. You will never get anywhere in life if you throw in the towel when the going gets rough. Believe in yourself, always.

What are your postgraduate plans?

LM: I will be attending the University of Washington in the fall to major in pre-social sciences. As far as soccer goes, I will continue playing one way or another.

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#5 Steven Alvarez – Defender – Junior Varsity

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

SA: I would have to say that my favorite memory is from this year’s Green & White Night. Specifically, my favorite was when the seniors played the underclassmen, and we both tied the game and won it late.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

SA: I have a great relationship with everyone, to be honest. I grew up playing with many of them. Although I took a significant hiatus from soccer to focus on Track & Field, I am happy that I decided to return and share the pitch with them once more.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

SA: I am going to miss it.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

SA: The camaraderie. The bond we all have is special.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

SA: I am very proud of all my brothers for constantly improving their craft and doing their part to help this program improve as a unit.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

SA: Patience. During my sophomore year, I lacked patience and quit the program. I learned my lesson the hard way and cannot express how much I regret leaving the coaching staff and my fellow Bulldogs. Still, they took me back with open arms, and I will never forget that.

What are your postgraduate plans?

SA: I will be attending the University of Washington on the pre-med track.

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#8 Iziah Sanchez – Defender – Junior Varsity

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

IS: My favorite memory has got to be scoring two goals against Burlington-Edison during my freshman season. Not only is it sweet to beat cross-town rivals, but it is sweeter to score in a win.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

IS: I am close with all of them. I have grown up playing with the seniors for quite some years, but I feel like I have built some solid relationships with those I just started playing with.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

IS: I feel excited, but I also have many other emotions that I am trying to process. I mean, not only are these the last few games I will play representing my school, but they very well could be the final games of my soccer career. If this is it, I go onto the next chapter of my life at peace, knowing I played for 12 years and enjoyed every second.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

IS: I will miss how easy it is to make new friends through the program. The bonds that I have with some of the players—I mean, some of my closest friends are thanks to this program, and I don’t think this would have been possible without it.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

IS: I am very proud of what this program has achieved during my time. I am grateful that this program taught me more about the game. More importantly, it has taught me to appreciate and look at things in many different ways.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

IS: I appreciate that they have taught me to keep calm. Moreover, sticking to “our game” rather than the “opponents game.”

What are your postgraduate plans?

IS: I will be attending Eastern Washington University, and I will be majoring in physical therapy.

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#9 Jonathan Youngsman – Midfielder

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

JY: My game-winner against Burlington-Edison this year. The pure emotion and happiness in everyone’s faces at that moment make everything worthwhile.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

JY: Throughout my four years, these guys have become more like my family, and, naturally, we work harder for family. I work hard for all my brothers.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

JY: Going into Senior Day, I feel good because I know that the younger players will have no problem stepping into our shoes next year and leading this team in a positive direction.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

JY: The bus rides. For better or for worse, you remember them. After a win on the road, though, these are some of the funniest times.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

JY: It is hard to gauge during a global pandemic, but all things considered, I think we have progressed according to plan and have proved it throughout this season.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

JY: I want to thank them for challenging me and pushing me to my limits. They allowed me to grow in an environment where I improved my abilities and become a better player and person.

What are your postgraduate plans?

JY: I plan to go to college and continue playing soccer. Where that will be, I have yet to decide.

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#10 Victor Ruiz-Soria – Midfielder – Junior Varsity

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

VRS: I mean, training sessions were always fun, but I would have to say that the experience of traveling for away games before the pandemic was my favorite. This year, due to COVID, it is a lot different, and although away trips are still fun, they do not compare.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

VRS: I have a close relationship with the rest of the seniors. It is crazy to think that we all grew up playing soccer together. I also got to be in middle school and play with some of them at that level too. I guess you can say we are pretty tight.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

VRS: Honestly, it is crazy how high school flew by quickly—one minute, we are incoming freshmen, then it’s Senior Night.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

VRS: I am going to miss the coaches. I will miss the underclassmen, for sure. Honestly, I am going to miss it all.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

VRS: I am proud to call myself a Bulldog. The boys’ soccer program has constantly improved throughout my time here. Overall, it has been a fantastic experience, and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the rest of the guys.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

VRS: I want to thank all of the coaches for always being there for us. It is clear that the entire coaching staff truly cares about everyone. I want to especially thank Coach Efren for constantly pushing us to do better.

What are your postgraduate plans?

VRS: I am not sure where I will be attending school yet, but I am interested in entrepreneurship and studying business.

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#10 Cuauh Serrano – Midfielder

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

CS: Up until this point, being the only team with a perfect record says a lot about this group. I mean, we have a group of guys who are willing to put in the work, and it shows when you look at our record.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

CS: I think that we know when we can turn our switch off and enjoy ourselves. More importantly, we know how to switch it back on and be serious and professional.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

CS: Honestly, it is an inspiring time for me. I want the end of the season to be memorable and am eager to finish off my career with two more wins.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

CS: The thing I will miss the most about playing soccer here will be putting on the MV gear every day. Whether it is for training or games, repping the gear and putting the team before anything else is something that I enjoyed day-in and day-out.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

CS: I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished this season. I mean, we are currently 8-0 and have a 50+ goal difference. That has to count for something.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

CS: I would like to thank them for helping me find the love for this game again. I want to thank them for pushing me to be the best and helping the guys around me, on and off the field. On the days I feel like, “Ehh, maybe not today,” I remember that the grind never stops when it comes to MV. I firmly believe that you can learn something new every day, and I can say that I have.

What are your postgraduate plans?

CS: My biggest goal is to get my doctor’s degree and become an orthodontist or a physical therapist. As far as soccer goes, I have been in communication with a few schools, and I plan to go to a Division I school, but I will not decide where I will be attending until the end of the season.

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#11 Angel Jimenez – Midfielder

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

AJ: This is a tough decision, but I would say my game against Anacortes. Frankly, I think we underestimated them, and it showed as they took the lead. Ultimately, though, we were able to regain our footing and play our game. I had two goals, and we ended up winning, 4-1.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

AJ: I would say I have a good relationship with my fellow seniors. I grew up with many of them on and off the soccer pitch. I am grateful to have them in my life.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

AJ: There are a bunch of emotions building up inside of me. Football has been special to me since elementary school. I still remember my first game, playing club soccer. Now, with Senior Night just around the corner, I cannot help but get emotional. People always say that your high school years go by fast, but I think you never realize it until it happens and you are living it. Then it hits you hard.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

AJ: The environment and the people. We have unique and talented students, and I will miss all the friendships and bonds I have made with my teammates, coaches, and fans. The feeling of playing on Bulldog Stadium is and will always be special.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

AJ: I am very proud. I think we have amazing coaches, full of passion and hunger, that give their all to the players. I sincerely hope that all continues to go well for the coaches and players. One thing is for sure; Mount Vernon will always be full of talent and heart.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

AJ: For making me a better player both physically and mentally. It’s easy when you are winning, but to learn to cope when you are down and have a disadvantage, that takes guts.

What are your postgraduate plans?

AJ: As of right now, my plan after high school is to attend Skagit Valley College for two years and transfer to a 4-year university to major in Visual & Performing Arts. I will not be pursuing soccer at the collegiate level, but I am excited to pursue an area I am already familiar with as a part-time content creator.

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#12 Adjani Herrera-Garduño – Defender

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

AHG: Up until this point, nothing beats the game-winner that Youngsman had against Burlington-Edison.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

AHG: I am glad to be able to call them my brothers.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

AHG: Honestly, I cannot believe how fast time has come and gone. It is crazy to think that my four years are finally up.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

AHG: At the end of the day, I will miss my teammates and who they are as people. We have gotten so close over the years that it is hard to imagine I will no longer share memories with this specific group of people.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

AHG: It is great to see the program grow so much. I can say that I am very proud of where the program currently is and look forward to seeing where it will go.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

AHG: My coaches taught me never to give up and keep fighting for what I believe in. I cannot thank them enough for their support throughout my career.

What are your postgraduate plans?

AHG: I will be attending Skagit Valley College and studying toward a business degree.

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#15 Sergio Garduño-Mendez – Forward

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

SGM: My favorite memory has to be making it to the state quarter-finals my freshman year. Honestly, it was just a fun experience to be there.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

SGM: When it comes down to it, we are a family.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

SGM: I cannot believe it. It has come and gone too fast.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

SGM: The vibes.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

SGM: Players come and go, and the program continues to make improvements year-in and year-out. I am just so proud to see how far it has come and happy to say I have been a part of a small part of its history.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

SGM: Honestly, just being there for us. They helped me with the technical side of the game daily, but any coach can do that. Seeing us as more than players has helped me and many other of my brothers in this program.

What are your postgraduate plans?

SGM: I will be attending Skagit Valley College.

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#21 Kyler Houck – Forward

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

KH: I bet Bridger that he could not score a hat-trick. If he did, I would cut my hair. Turns out, getting a haircut for losing that bet will always be one of my most cherished memories.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

KH: One word, brothers.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

KH: I am excited and ready to put my big boy pants on.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

KH: I am going to miss playing the beautiful game with an ugly group of boys. I might miss running up Little Mountain, too.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

KH: I am super proud of what this program has done, is doing, and continues to do. The guys better win state next year.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

KH: I mean, it was not easy, but I have to thank them for teaching me to play like Messi. In all honesty, though, the amount of time and effort the coaching staff put into making us all better players and people is something that I cannot thank them enough for.

What are your postgraduate plans?

KH: Probably college. Probably soccer. Probably betting next year’s team that they cannot win state.

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#22 Bridger Tautvydas – Defender

What’s your favorite Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer memory up until this point? Why?

BT: I will forever hold the fact that we won the Battle of the Bridge every year close to me. Beating our cross-town rivals is always a special feeling.

Describe the relationship with your fellow seniors.

BT: I have been playing soccer with and against these guys for years. Some of them have turned out the best friends I have ever had.

Describe the feeling going into Senior Day. What are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you’re nearing the end of your high school career?

BT: I cannot believe it is already here. I know we missed some significant opportunities in the past, and COVID made things difficult for us last year and this year, but I am proud to have been a Mount Vernon Bulldog.

What will you miss most about Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer?

BT: I will miss my friends, my teammates, and our rivalry with Burlington-Edison. I will tell you what, though, I definitely will not miss running Little Mountain.

How proud are you of the strides the Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer program has taken and continues to take?

BT: I am proud of the resilience our players and coaches have shown in dealing with the COVID lockdown, taking away our season last year and shortening our current season. Still, we have managed to stay focused and upbeat despite the hardships, and that deserves praise.

What’s something you can thank the coaching staff for teaching you during your time at Mount Vernon?

BT: I want to thank my coaches for believing in me and helping me develop not only as a player but a person.

What are your postgraduate plans?

BT: I will be attending Linfield University to study psychology and play soccer for coach Andrew Duvall.

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