About the Program
The Occidental College men’s soccer team regularly plays against some of the strongest NCAA Division III and NAIA schools in the region. With a new enthusiastic approach, improvement in depth and quality resulted in wins over NCAA tournament participant Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, along with victories over Pomona-Pitzer, Whittier College, and Cal Lutheran University, as well as a 1-1 tie with eventual conference champion, University of Redlands. The squad, which has matured and exhibited the type of attitude, work ethic, commitment, and desire required consistently to compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), is eagerly anticipating entering the top half of the conference on a regular basis from this point forward. Along with those qualities, the raised level of play came about because of talented newcomers and the experience gained in the past seasons.
Occidental has a proud history when it comes to academic and athletic excellence. Ability, along with mental toughness, the thirst for success and a competitive zeal are some of the characteristics that are the hallmarks of successful Occidental performers. Over the years men’s soccer has produced a number of First and Second Team All-SCIAC selections, has had representation on All-Academic Teams and seen players go on to play in the United Soccer Leagues. Additionally, in 2009, Reid Sakamoto was named to the Second Team All-Western Region as a freshman, along with a First Team All-SCIAC nod. In 2010, Sakamoto again was named All-SCIAC.
Looking toward 2011, our goal for the upcoming fall and beyond is to continue improving our status as a top team in the conference and eventually the region and Division III. Along with the current crop of players and highly motivated new recruits, it is clear that the addition of this kind of competitive player plus the ongoing growth within our current squad is the path to future success.