Southwest pointing to a larger prize
Raiders run their streak to eight in a 2-1 victory over Sweetwater.
NATIONAL CITY — The perils of playing soccer on Sweetwater High’s football field were on full display Tuesday.
Simple passes turned into adventures. The ball soared through the air, made contact with the ground, then launched skyward as if supported by springs. Clumps of grass alternated with patches of packed dirt. Even warming up proved treacherous.
“Just passing the ball, just jogging, I twisted my ankle,” said San Diego Southwest’s Gabe Alamillo.
The junior forward, however, shook it off to score the game’s first goal, and the Raiders went on to shake off Sweetwater in a 2-1 victory at Gail Devers Stadium.
Southwest (9-3-0, 6-0-0) remained perfect in the South Bay League while running its winning streak to eight. The Raiders have allowed just three goals in that span.
Still, they encountered a real challenge against the Red Devils’ combination of homefield advantage and aggressive play. Not long after Alamillo struck off a cross from Victor Campos less than five minutes in, Sweetwater’s Julio Roman corralled a deflection in the box and flicked it past the goalkeeper for a 1-all tie.
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Lady Raiders won our Tennis match @ Kearny H. S.
Southwest 9 @ Kearny- 9, we won the tie-break by total points 69-62
(SOH team record 5-2 and 2-2 in League)
During the match we got 2 win each by our Singles player Angela Gamby, and by the doubles teams of Marline Nunez & Rosa Vaga, Aleksia De Loera & Jasmine Ruiz, Evelyn Rios & Yvonne Nava.
One win by: Singles players Kathia Albanez.
Also playing well to help us win with points during her match by Singles players Marlene Marcial.
We had very improved play by Singles players Stephanie Romero, and Samantha Rubalcava and the doubles team of Stephanie Silva & Julia Alcaraz
Next match Friday, Sept 28 @ Sweetwater H. S. 10:AM
Lady Raiders Pride!
Coach Bill Stewart
Southwest 14 vs Castle Park- 4 (SOH team record 4-2 and 2-2 in League)
During the match we got 3 win each by our Singles player Angela Gamby, and Deila Jacobo.
Two win by the double teams of Rachelle Cayabyab, & Ivy Alva.
One win by: Singles players Kathia Albanez, & ilse Alva, and the double team of, Aleksia De Loera,
& Jasmine Ruiz, Marline Nunez & Rosa Vaga, Valeria Contreras & Evelyn Rios as well as, the double team of Evelyn Rios & Yvonne Nava.
Next Raiders match Thursday Sept 20 @ Kearny H. S. 3:PM
Player’s prowess excites his nephew, lights up Division III
By Michael Gehlken – Union-Tribune
9:41 a.m., Feb. 29, 2012
SAN DIEGO — Southwest High School soccer player Francisco Ramirez slowly bends his knees, sinking toward the level of 2-year-old nephew Jordan.
Time to try again.
Ramirez rests his hands atop the toddler’s shoulders and, with a smile, looks into his excited eyes.
“Me llamo Tío,” Ramirez says softly.
“Gol!” Jordan responds, giggling.
‘No, no. Tío!” Ramirez says.
“Gol!” Jordan yells with a high-pitch laugh.
“In Spanish, I try to make him call me tío, which is ‘uncle,’” said Ramirez, 17. “I guess he identifies me with soccer because all he says is ‘gol,’ which is ‘goal.’ He calls me Gol. I can’t do anything about it.”
Can’t fault the youngster for the confusion: All Ramirez has done lately is find the back of the net, leading the second-seeded Raiders to the semifinals in this year’s San Diego Section Division III playoffs.
The senior forward scored 31 of Southwest’s 63 goals this season, which ended Tuesday in a loss to St. Augustine. Last Friday, Ramirez had a hat trick in the second half of a 3-0 quarterfinals playoff win over Olympian. It was Ramirez’s fifth three-goal game during a nine-game winning streak and sixth in 11 games.
To characterize the team captain and four-year varsity starter at the school in San Diego’s Nestor community, Southwest coach Guillermo Medina uses adjectives like determined, skillful, intelligent and tenacious.
For Ramirez’s junior season, Medina needs one word: tough.
In the 2010 summer, Ramirez joined the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team, taking residency in Florida. On his first week, he shook some hands, made some friends, and suddenly, tore a knee ligament during a friendly scrimmage.
“I couldn’t believe any of it,” said Ramirez, who’s played soccer since age 3. “It was hard at first. I really can’t live without soccer. It takes my problems away … My coaches, my dad were like, ‘Keep your head. You’re going to play again.’”
They just probably didn’t think he’d play so soon.
Ramirez had surgery Aug. 30, 2010.
By Jan. 4, 2011, he was back for the league opener against Castle Park. Southwest lost, but it wouldn’t again all regular season, winning its next 10 games before falling to La Jolla in the playoffs.
Ramirez missed the season’s first 10 games and played with a protective band over his knee, but he had a team-high 15 goals and 39 points.
“He never complained that it was bothering him and never asked for a sub,” Medina said. “It was very impressive.”
Ramirez plans to attend Arizona Western College, hoping to then transfer to San Diego State, where former Southwest teammate Jose Altamirano is a junior starter.
In Arizona, it could take a while, he says, to get used to being away from his family, who form quite the cheering section.
His parents don’t miss games. His sister is there, too. And then there’s her young son, Jordan. He runs onto the field once his games end, stretching and sprinting alongside him during his cool-down.
Last week, after the win over Olympian, Jordan hit the field again and scooped up a large orange ball. Like his uncle Gol, Jordan flung the ball into the back of the net.
“He does pretty much what I do,” Ramirez said, looking on from across the field.
A future soccer player?
“I hope so,” he said softly. “I hope so.”