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Varsity boys soccer welcomes new goalie

Drew Soderquist, Staff Writer

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Boys soccer coach George Shumaker brought up freshman Jayson Arnold from JV as the new varsity soccer goalie. Arnold stepped up to fill freshman Michael Fernandez’s position after he suffered from a concussion during their first league game against Buena Park.

His teammates did not expect him to excel at the position the way he did. Junior Cole Place, right defender, said, “I think honestly he was pretty scared in the beginning.”

Place said he caught on to the varsity pace quickly. “Now he shows confidence in himself and knows that he can play at a higher level.”

Taking on a new role, Arnold said, “It’s exciting, I’m sorry for what happened to Michael, but this opened up a big opportunity for me.”

Midfielder, junior Isaiah Rodriguez thought Arnold had more to bring to the team. “Jayson is a good goalie and he’s a pretty funny person too, so that helps out.” Rodriguez also said he is responsible for keeping the team hopeful. “We have to score to take all the pressure off of him.  And he needs to take the pressure off us when we fault.”  

Arnold said, “You’re one goal away from being a villain, and one save away from being a hero.”

Fullerton’s next soccer game is today at the Fullerton College at 2. 

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