By Ray Hamill — The College of the Redwoods men’s soccer team will discover the fate of its season next month, but for now it’s full steam ahead preparing for one.
As they await a decision from the California Community College Athletic Association, which will meet on November 6, the Corsairs have begun practice, albeit on a limited and restricted basis.
“It’s been going pretty good,” CR head coach Kyle Van Dyke said.
Because of scheduling conflicts, the head coach has been able to hold just one practice thus far, but his players have been keeping busy and following a workout schedule.
And the CR men are looking to build on that.
Most notably, Van Dyke says one former Eureka High player has been turning some heads this offseason.
“Brian Celio has been pretty impressive,” the coach said of the 2018 Loggers graduate, who has joined the program this year and will play in midfield. “It’s nice seeing him getting back out there, and hopefully he can continue to build on that.”
Another newcomer who has impressed this offseason and appears ready to play a big role with the team in the spring is former Fortuna standout Geovaney Ramirez, who helped the Huskies to a dramatic North Coast Section championship last year.
Ramirez will play center back for the Corsairs.
A total of 10 players have signed up for the fall class, most of them local, but Van Dyke expects a roster of around 17 or 18 for the spring season after a solid recruiting campaign in spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 shutdown.
And the players have remained positive.
“It’s been pretty good,” Van Dyke said. “It’s been kind of tough to keep them engaged, but for the most part they’ve had a good response so far.”