Fri, Feb 14 2014 03:18 PM Posted By: John Philip Wyllie
The 2013-14 season has not exactly been a banner year for the Bonita Vista High School boys soccer team. Player ineligibility issues erased what would have been five early season wins. The forfeits were a psychological blow that deflated the team just as it was starting to jell.
Heading into this week — mired in last place with a 5-10-4 record — the Barons have certainly seen much better years in their long history. But there have been some bright spots. Among those has been the play of senior central defender Frank Montanez.
“When I was about three or four I started playing Hotshots with the YMCA,” Montanez recalled. “We played basketball, baseball and soccer, but I just fell in love with soccer.”
Rising through the ranks of club soccer to high school stardom Montanez has never lost his childlike enthusiasm for the game.
“Frank is a strong defender and always willing to play wherever I need him to play,” said first-year BVHS head coach Armando Rodriguez. “He is also very easy to coach, has shown strong leadership skills and organizes the defense very well. He should be selected an all-league player this season.”
Down at the other end of the field the quartet of Ricardo Diaz, Richard Gonzalez, Ian Michaud and Armando Garcia have been the team’s scoring leaders. Michaud and Garcia are currently battling for the team lead. Both had notched seven goals at the start of the week.
Montanez loves a challenge, especially the one presented by an attacking player approaching the 18-yard box with the ball. Stripping the attacker of the ball and then making the pass that sets his offense in motion is what Montanez enjoys most about soccer.
Away from the game he is equally competitive.
“I know he has a GPA of more than 4.0 in both in scholarship and citizenship, he’s very involved in ASB and everything else,” Rodriguez said. “His academic achievements are beyond amazing.”
Following his graduation in the spring, Montanez plans to attend Azusa Pacific University where he hopes to pursue a degree in physical therapy and continue his soccer career.
Metro-Mesa League standings
Otay Ranch (4-0-1, 8-4-3), Eastlake (4-1-1, 13-4-3); Olympian (3-2-1, 7-6-5); Mater Dei Catholic (0-3-1, 5-8-2); Bonita Vista (0-5-0, 5-10-4)
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