Cal Poly Men’s Soccer Frequently Asked Questions



Q:

How many players from Cal Poly have continued to play after graduation in other leagues?

A:

A number of players have moved on over the years from Cal Poly to higher professional leagues.    The Fernandez brothers, Mario and Carlos,  are now playing in Spain.   Perhaps the best story of the year though is Anton Peterlin, who was a two-year captain here at Cal Poly,  and is now playing for Everton  Reserves of the English Premier League.   He is playing with some of the best and most famous players in the world.

Q:

Who is in our division of play and how many Division 1 teams are out there?

A:

There are over 204 D1 teams for the Men throughout the nation.   We play in the very competitive Big West Conference, that includes UCSB, UC Davis,  UC Irvine,  UC Riverside,  CS Fullerton and  CS Northridge

Q:

Are many of the players walk-ons or are most players recruited out of high school or junior colleges?

A:

Most all of the players have been recruited to come to Cal Poly and have usually been identified sometime in their junior year of high-school.    We have players from throughout the country and a few international players as well. We  are always open to players walking on though and this has definitely happened.   We have Spring ID days where we encourage motivated players to come out and try and impress and show their abilities.

Q:

Is there any particular high school that the coaches look at for new players?

A:

We identify players mainly from their club teams, but any opportunity to see a player is a good one.   We go to major tournaments and see the top clubs play as much as possible,  but are also trying to unearth those diamonds in the rough that may come from smaller clubs.

Q:

How much time does the team spend traveling per season?

A:

We are travelling throughout the year in some capacity, whether it is for our games in the Fall or for recruiting or even coaches education.   We are always trying to expose our players to the best competition possible.   Next year in 2010 we make a few trips, one to Colorado to play Air Force and Denver,  and a second to Indiana to play  Notre Dame and Indiana University.    These are special experience for these young men and they will remember these days of competing against the best for the rest of their lives.   We hope to one day also take an international trip so they can experience soccer internationally.

Q:

What position are we ranked nationally?

A:

In 2008 we finished the season ranked 23rd in the nation. The  highest Cal Poly Soccer had ever been ranked nationally.   In 2009 we again were a very young team with nearly have the team as freshman.  It was a year of maturing and growing and we suffered a tough beginning of the season with some tough games on the road.  We finished well in our conference though, but our season was cut short with a loss in the Big West Conference Semi-Finals.   We are working hard this off-season to again become a team that the nation takes note of.

Q:

Who is our biggest rival?

A:

Our biggest rival without question is UCSB.  It is now perhaps the #1 attended college soccer rivalry in the nation.   There is a lot of passion in this match and over 20,000 people came  to these games last year.   It is truly one of the best college sporting events in the nation when these two teams play.

Q:

Does the soccer team receive private support, or is it all state funded?

A:

We have booster and supporters for the program.   We have a state-funded budget, but we personally do a lot of fundraising so we can offer the type of program that we feel the players and school deserve.

Q:

What is the academic policy?

A:

You have to really budget your time and be devoted to academics if you are to be an athlete.  It is not easy to do both and we have the same academic policy as the normal Cal Poly students.

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