Lathrop de­fender Car­de­nas signs with NDNU

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - By VINCE REMBULAT

Hard work does pay off. Lathrop High soc­cer coach Al­fredo Rey­naga said that in ref­er­ence to his se­nior de­fender Chris­tian Car­de­nas, who inked a let­ter Tues­day to play soc­cer at the next level at Notre Dame de Na­mur Uni­ver­sity in Bel­mont.

“You have 25 broth­ers who will also be fol­low­ing you (at Notre Dame de Na­mur),” Rey­naga said at the Car­de­nas’ of­fi­cial sign­ing event held in the Lathrop High Ca­reers Cen­ter. “You also have a fan in me.”

Those broth­ers hap­pen to be his Spar­tans team­mates. Car­de­nas played var­sity soc­cer all four years at LHS.

“Chris­tian is also an ex­cel­lent stu­dent,” said Rey­naga.

Car­de­nas plans to study Com­puter En­gi­neer­ing in ad­di­tion to play­ing for the Arg­onauts of the Pa­cific West Con­fer­ence.

Notre Dame de Na­mur are in the same NCAA Di­vi­sion II con­fer­ence as that of Point Loma, Azusa Pa­cific, Fresno Pa­cific, Uni­ver­sity of Hawaii at Hilo, Bi­ola Uni­ver­sity, Cal­i­for­nia Bap­tist, and Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity-Irvine, to name a few.

The Arg­onauts are coached by Paul McCal­lion.

Car­de­nas’s par­ents, Luz and Jorge, were also in at­ten­dance at the sign­ing ses­sion.

He was look­ing at other schools such as Sonoma State. But Car­de­nas, who also plays com­pet­i­tive club soc­cer for Monar­cas Academy un­der coach Vince Meyer, noted that he was ac­tively pur­sued by Notre Dame de Na­mur, a pri­vate Catholic uni­ver­sity lo­cated in the Bay Area.

“I liked the school and what it had to of­fer,” said Car­de­nas on his re­cent visit.

He’ll also be close enough to home for his fam­ily and Spar­tan broth­ers to catch some of his games.

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