COLLEGE NOTES: Morton quintet leads Concordia soccer
Six Morton graduates played together on the Concordia men’s soccer team last fall, and five are returning to the Cougars. The five returners, sophomore midfielders Michael Amezcua and Diego Diaz, senior defender Christian Elizondo, sophomore forward Salvador Romero and junior goalkeeper Jorge Guzman, were joined by the graduated Daniel Ortiz.
All five returners saw action last fall, but Amezcua and Guzman contributed the most. Amezcua played in 17 matches and made 14 starts. He was the team’s second-leading scorer with three goals and an assist. Guzman saw the most action in goal of any player, starting in 12 of the Cougars’ 19 matches.
Diaz played in 17 of the team’s 19 matches with eight starts. Elizondo made a pair of starts and 12 more substitute appearances. Romero came off the bench three times.
The Cougars won just two games last fall, but graduated just three starters so the Morton core will hope for more success this season.
Last season Joel Salmeron scored three goals in 15 matches for the University of Illinois-Chicago soccer team. This fall, Salmeron will be a sophomore midfielder and will have two former Morton teammates joining him on the Flames. Freshman defender Joel Leon and freshman midfielder Abel Guzman will look to boost UIC. Over the past year, Leon saw some time with the Chicago Fire Reserves as a member of the Fire’s academy team.
Continuing the theme of former Morton boys soccer players playing together in college, four Mustang grads played together at Parkland College last fall. Jesus Morales, Elias Salgado, Alonso Torres and Daniel Vargas joined up for the Cobras and will look to further their college careers as sophomores this fall.
Morton grads Samantha Lamas and Isabel Guzman patrolled the back line for the Dominican University women’s soccer team as freshmen. Lamas played in all 19 matches and made 17 starts for the Stars. Guzman played in 16 matches, made 13 starts and scored a goal. The Morton duo will hope the Stars can improve on an 8-11 season last fall.
A pair of Concordia University cross country runners are Morton grads. Christian Rodriguez, who is heading into his junior year, was among the Cougars’ top runners and competed in the conference and regional meets. Fellow Morton grad Sal Mares also will be on the team this fall as a senior. Christian Sorensen, a Walther Lutheran grad from Berwyn, was the Cougars’ top runner at the Northern Athletics Conference Championships last fall. Sorensen, who placed 15th to earn honorable mention all-conference, will be a senior this season.
Roadrunning to college
Recent Nazareth grad Gianna Milaro, a Berwyn resident, is headed for her first season of college soccer. The former Roadrunner star will suit up for Purdue in the Big Ten. Milaro is one of 10 freshmen on the Boilermakers’ roster and playing time will be tough to come by since Purdue returns nine starters.