The Trojans Ready for Los Angeles
My name is Mark Cisneros, and I am the head coach of the Alisal High School Trojans Varsity Soccer Team, one of the most dedicated and hardest working high school soccer teams in the nation.
For the upcoming, 2016-2017 soccer season, the Trojans have been invited to play in Los Angeles against some of the highest ranked teams in the nation. I am reaching out to you in hopes that you can help these young men experience one of the most memorable soccer seasons in Alisal High’s history.
The Trojans are preparing to travel south for three matches against the #1, #4, and #7 teams in California. These same three teams are also ranked among the top 15 teams in the nation. To be given the opportunity to play against them is an honor and a rarity for Alisal High School.
Many of our boys have never competed outside of the local area, and an even greater majority have never played soccer of this caliber, making this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these hard working student-athletes. The Trojans will be playing against teams that regularly produce collegiate soccer players, and more often than not, these school produce players that go on to compete at the Divsion I level. A tournament of this magnitude will not only showcase the abundance of talent we have at Alisal High School, but it will also highlight our players' talents to university coaches who otherwise would not see the Alisal Trojans in action.
A trip of this magnitude is usually out of reach for most of these boys. Thus, collectively, we have a goal of raising enough funds to make this a reality for the team. We are lookign to raise funds for lodging, transportation and meals, as the Alisal Trojans will be in Los Angeles for a six-day trip.
We have been wearing the same uniforms for close to four-years, so we are also looking to purchase new uniforms for the trip so that Alisal High School can protray an image of professionalism, hard work, and dedication.
I am determined to get our team to Los Angeles and get them to experience something that they could only dream of, but I can't do it alone. This trip will open so many doors for my players, and it trip like this could potentially alter the direction of their lives, steering them in a more fruitful and positive direction. In the end, if our kids succeed, our community succeeds. I am asking you, Alumni, Students, Family, and Friend, to help the Alisal Boys’ Soccer Team accomplish a goal for which they have been diligently working towards. In my eyes, they deserve this chance! Our goal is to reach $5,000, and we cannot do it without you help!
Please take the time to watch the movie “Our Goal” to learn more about the journey and challenges our kids face. ( https://vimeo.com/103369058)
The team and I appreciate your support immensely and look forward to hearing from you.
To begin with, our Gabilan League season ended last week, and the Alisal Soccer Team wrapped it up as undefeated champions, with a perfect league record of 12-0. During this stretch, the Trojans constructed a record of 930 minutes of play without conceding a single goal.
Because of their strong pre-season (L.A. Trip), the Trojans accumulated a Central Coast Section (CCS) record 70.5 Power Points, making them the #1 Seed in the upcoming CCS Playoffs.
The Trojans will host Monterey High School in the first round, on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. I really hope you guys can make it to the game, and I really hope I get to meet you. All of you have been instrumental in the team's success.
The USA Today has the Alisal High School ranked #4 in Region III, an areas of the country which includes Arizona, Hawaii, and California. See link below:
Topdrawersoccer.com has the Trojans ranked #7 in the nation: See link below
All in all, it has not been a bad season for the Trojans. Alisal defender Eduardo Miranda was named the Gabilan League MVP, while three others, including Miranda, received All-County First Team honors.
I will keep you posted as to how we do. If we make it to the final, it will be held at Santa Clara University. This would be another special honor for the boys. We are going to work hard to make sure we get there.
Again, we are forever thankful for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the stadium this Saturday night!
Here are a couple of links to local papers that covered the game. A video clip of last night's game winner is also included. Enjoy: http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/sports/2017/01/04/boys-soccer-alisal-blanks-watsonville/96143992/
Again, thank you to everyone who contributed to our cause. We are forever grateful.
The Alisal High School Boys' Soccer Team is finally back home! As you may have heard, we had a very successful trip, taking on the top teams in California high school soccer. We beat Paramount, 3-0. Two days later we beat Loyola, 1-0. In our final match vs Cathedral, the Trojans came away with a 0-0, draw, solidifying an impressive defensive performance of not allowing a single goal in three games. Our J.V. team, too, did incredibly well, coming away with three draws, all while taking the lead in each game! In short, neither J.V. or Varsity lost a single match.
I'd like to personally thank every person and every organization and company that invested in my boys. I have been impressed and humbled by the support all of you have shown. For me, the game of soccer takes a back seat to your generosity and kindness, as I think herein lies the bigger message: that people will come together in support of a cause they believe in, one which centers on improving the lives of less fortunate kids. You have all been instrumental in helping them experience what for many may be a once in a lifetime happening. For a few days, my boys were taken out of their comfort zones and exposed, if only momentarily, to a wider society, to a broader range of experiences and horizons. They will never forget this, and it was all made possible by people like yourselves. I am forever in debt, and if there is ever a way that the boys and I could show our gratitude in person, please let me know. I'd like for my boys to meet you and to show you the quality of their character, in person.
Soccer wise, we proved to ourselves that we can compete with any team in the U.S. We strongly believe that we not only outplayed our opponents, but that we also played a more polished form of soccer, something of which the purists might be proud. We did not concede a single goal, scoring four in the process. Versus Loyola Prep, my boys played against four All-American players, all four going to major universities on scholarships, including Cal and Boston College. And yet, my boys are better players. They just don't have the opportunities that other kids have. This is ok. We are not victims. The boys understand that their opportunities will appear, just as in our Los Angeles trip. They will continue to work hard, as we still have other short-term and long-term goals to achieve, namely winning our league championship and later another state section championship. We are moving forward with great momentum, and much of it is fueled by your kindness and support.
On behalf of the Alisal Soccer Team, I thank you, once more, for your support. It fills my hear with joy, as you have given me the opportunity to enrich the lives of my players in ways that I could never have done alone. You are truly remarkable people. A special thank you goes out to Krista Almazan from our Montery County NPR station, KAZU, for her piece on the team that aired on the radio. Her story was instrumental in generating the interest we needed. We went to L.A. and worked hard for all you, and I have done my best to update you as often as I could because I want you all to feel that your investment was put to good use. It was! You all did a wonderful thing.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
P.S. Every boy now has a jacket!
Krista's follow up report:
I really needed this story today. Thanks coach for being an amazing mentor to these kids. Best of luck to both teams as you head down south. The adversity most of these students face daily is hopefully lifted a little by the outpouring of community support! "Be the change you wish to see in the world!"
Wow...I am inspired by your attitude, Mark! May have to come to Watsonville!
Thanks so much Mark, for providing us with regular updates about the guys and the trip. I now feel as if they are my team and my guys! You have all given me a tremendous gift. Being able to share some money has left me feeling as I have been the one to receive the gift. Thanks and God bless! Merry Christmas!
Mark, thank you for the wonderful update! I loved hearing about your excursions around LA and meeting new and different people. What a wonderful experience for your boys. I know they will never forget it. (Ha! Those boys do eat A LOT!) Best of luck in your last game. No matter what happens, your teams will come home winners! Go Trojans!
So glad to hear all is going well and that you are all having a wonderful time. Thanks for posting the developments as they unfold. You guys are gold!
Thanks for the updates Mark, having a blast following the team's journey! Hala Alisal!!!
OMG!! Great wins! Go Trojans!
Yahooo!!! Kick some serious butt boys! And always hold your head high. You are just as worthy as anyone on those fields!
Congratulations to the team for their fantastic victory. GO TROJANS!
Coach Cisneros and the AMAZING TROJANS you're an incredible team! Wear those new jackets with pride and enjoy this adventure!
Go Trojans! So proud of you all!
"Give without remembering .. Recieve with forgetting" Go Alisal Soccer!
These are sick!
Have fun! Enjoy the beautiful game! Travel safely!
I would petition your City council, VFW and some local ag companies for donations. Perhaps, a local company could sponsor the jerseys. The Salinas Moose can help host fundraisers too. Best of luck reaching the goal. Sounds like a fabulous opportunity for these local athletes.