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April 22, 2014

Jacksonville College soccer finds a honey hole at Pine Tree High


In fishing a honey hole is a spot in a body of water that has proven to be ideal for catching fish.

Jacksonville College head soccer coach, Rafael Gonzalez, has found his talent honey hole at Pine Tree High School in Longview.

Nearly a month ago, Gonzalez reeled in a Lady Pirate for the JC women's soccer team and last week he followed that up by snatching four Pirates for the Jaguar squad.

Four weeks, five talented players, one high school...now that's some kind of honey hole.

Ana Solis is a player that Gonzalez said feels a need for his women's team

“She's an aggressive player that has good speed and we were lacking some in both areas last year, so Ana is a good fit for our program,” Gonzalez said. “She was a three-year starter at Pine Tree that brings a lot of experience with her.”

According to a story in the Longview News Journal, Solis also thought about attending Sterling (Kansas) College and Northeast Texas Community College, before deciding on JC.

Juan Paz, True Clark, Jared Jimenez and Christian Jordan have signed with the JC men's team.

Paz, according to Gonzalez, is a well rounded player, who has proven to be able to attack or defend from the midfielder position.

Clark, who also considered Centenary College in Shreveport, has shown a knack of being able to put the ball in the net.

Clark is a forward who made things happen on the pitch on a regular basis for Pine Tree.

Jimenez has been penciled in to fill a void at goalkeeper, He previously played midfielder before making the position switch.

Jordan declined offers from Sterling College and Bethany (Kansas) College to join his compadres at JC.

Perhaps Jordan's greatest assets is his speed. That's what attracted Gonzalez to him initially.

The Pine Tree quartet played on a Pirate unit that posted a 21-5-3 record this year and advanced to the Class 4A regional semi finals.



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