Lindsay’s Alberto Gutierrez, Ivan Ceballos will continue soccer careers at UC Merced
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
LINDSAY – There is a new pipeline of boys soccer players from Lindsay going to play soccer at UC Merced. Alberto Gutierrez became the third Cardinal player to sign with the Bobcats right out of high school in the last two years.
“It’s my dream come true,” Gutierrez said. “I had a lot of emotions going through me right now.”
Gutierrez had made it known that UC Merced was his top choice to continue not only his education, and his soccer career. The possibility to play with two former teammates in Agustin Valdovinos, and Marcos Ceballos, who became the first two Lindsay soccer players to sign with the school last season, also played a part.
“It is going to be fun playing with them,” Gutierrez said. “They just kept encouraging me, and telling me, ‘you are going to me.’”
The Cardinal influence grew to four on Saturday when Ivan Ceballos signed a two year scholarship out of the College of the Sequoias.
With the two additions to the Bobcat’s boys soccer team, that makes five Cardinals to have competed for the Bobcats during UC Merced’s short history. Gutierrez believes, in regards to the soccer program, the recent success of the program is the biggest draw. This season UC Merced will be promoted to the NCAA Division II level. The two hour drive home can’t be ignored as well.
“It has a vibe of being close to home, but you are still there to learn,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez was a vital part of the Lindsay’s success on the field as a two year starter. He will hang up the cardinal and green with an astonishing record of 38-8-5. He helped Lindsay extend their East Sequoia League winning streak to eight straight. He also won two Champions Cups, and played in a Division IV Valley Championship game which resulted in a loss to the Mira Monte Lions 1-0 in 2018.
“The memories that I’ll have of the great teammates I’ve had here at Lindsay is what I am going to take away from playing here,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez has the ambition to take the starting goal keeper spot in his freshman year, but understands he’ll need more than that to make it a reality.
“I won’t be going up against high schoolers anymore, they’re grown men,” Gutierrez said.
He is going to major in computer science.