Men's Rattler Soccer
Meet your 2018-2019 Men's Soccer Team
Since its inaugural season in 2010, the Otero Men’s soccer program has continued a successful tradition on and off the field. Hundreds of student-athletes continue to grow and compete at a high level each year. Chris Smith, Men's Soccer Head Coach, is looking to keep his student- athletes competing at the highest level and moving players on.
OJC is a National Junior College Athletic Association Division I institution, the highest level in the NJCAA. Our teams at OJC have had continual success both academically and athletically each and every year due to a very strong commitment from the administration and staff. The Rattlers compete in the Region IX conference that encompasses the states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. The program is one of the first junior college programs to be offered in Colorado.
OJC’s Men’s Soccer Team is Ready for Another Season
Otero Junior College’s men’s soccer team will once again be led by Head Coach Christopher Smith. The team’s overall record last year was 11-6-2 and they were the region IX champions earning their fourth region IX title since the program started in 2010.
The team will have a total of seven returning players and four returning starters. Some of the notable returning players include Aturo Chairez, and Petar Pesic. Arturo Chairez is from El Paso, Texas and is the team’s left wing. He was the Region IX Freshman Player of the Year last year. Chirez had four goals along with five assists. Petar Pesic is from Serbia and was the Region IX Goalkeeper of the Year last year.
Last year the Rattlers went to districts to play Pima Community College and lost 1-0 in overtime. The team was one game shy of nationals but was able to move one player to a NCAA Division I school, seven players to NCAA Division II schools, and two players to a NCAA Division III schools. For the second year in a row OJC’s men’s soccer team received the Academic Team Award Top I0 which meant the team had an average GPA of 3.2.
Coach Smith commented on his goals for his team this year which included continuing to be top 10 in the nation academically, win the Region IX Title back-to-back, and getting to nationals for the first time since 2010. He also wants to transfer every sophomore player to a four-year university.
First Team: Sophomore Gimale Essacu- Port Monesty, Pappa New Guinea; Freshmen Petar Pesic- Nis, Serbia (Goal Keeper of The Year)
Second Team: Sophomore Kevin Chavez- El Paso, Texas; Sophomore Salvador Jimenez- Reno, Nevada; Sophomore Martin Soriano- Herriman, Utah; Freshmen Arturo Chairez- Sunland Park, New Mexico (Freshmen of The Year)
United Soccer Coaches
West-District First Team: Sophomore Gimale Essacu- Port Monesty, Pappa New Guinea
West District Second Team: Sophomore Kevin Chavez- El Paso, Texas
Head Coach Chris Smith stated that he is extremely proud of his team and their accomplishments. “The bar has been set high for next season, but the incoming class of OJC men’s soccer players are highly committed to having a historic season again next year. We will continue to build upon our success and learn from our mistakes. It has been a pleasure to coach such a group of talented and dedicated players,” said Smith.
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- 2017 REGION IX CHAMPIONS
- 2015 REGION IX CHAMPIONS
- 2014 REGION IX RUNNER-UPS
- 2014 WEST DISTRICT SEMI-FINALIST
- 2013 REGION IX CHAMPIONS
- 2010 REGION IX CHAMPIONS
- 2010 WEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONS
- 2010 NJCAA NATIONAL QUALIFIER (Finished 7th in the nation)