By Matt Smith
Saturday, February 26th, 2011 at 9:19 am in Boys soccer.
A pre-championship game post about one of the kids involved to whet people’s appetites.
Campolindo High senior goal keeper, Alex Mangels, is taking his services to the Pac-10 as he has recently committed to California to play soccer.
After the Golden Bears made their offer, Mangels was excited and knew that it was time to make a decision.
“After they offered I had a lot of things running through my head. One of them was that I had a decision to make,” Mangels said. “I had known for a while that I wanted to go to Cal but I was also in negotiations with other schools and I needed to make sure that it was best for me.”
And it turns out Mangels feels like he made the right choice and focused on what it would take to be starting between the posts at Cal next year.
“After committing I was relieved that I was pretty much done with the recruiting process,” Mangels said. “But I knew that my work had just only begun because I will need to train even harder to break into the starting eleven.”
Mangels, who has 15 shutouts heading into Saturday’s championship game, came within a few minutes of breaking the state record for consecutive shutout minutes, has only allowed 12 goals this year, and has only allowed more than one goal in a game one time.
And as if opposing strikers needed anything else to fire Mangels up to play well, Cal’s recruitment made excited him and made him tougher to score on.
“When I first learned that Cal was interested in me I was actually surprised, but at the same time excited that I could catch the attention of such a high profile school,” Mangels said. “To be on the radar of a school like Cal was a huge boost for me. “It made me realize that all the work I had put in was paying off, but reminded me that I still needed to push to work even harder to prove to the coaches that I deserved to be there.”
And all the work that he has put in has also led to this. His final high school soccer game as he looks to go out on top.
“I have had a great season with my team,” Mangels said. “We have been in great form and we I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my high school career. As a team we’ve grown so much and have been led by a great coach in Shane (Carney). Our success this season is due to everyone’s effort and willingness to put in the extra work to get better, whether it means training harder or staying late to practice our weaker spots, everyone participates.”