SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer program has added two more players to its roster for 2019, head coach Mike Linenberger announced Wednesday. With the additions of Cyrus O'Neal and Christo Cervantes, the Hornets have now added 11 new players to the program this offseason.
Cyrus O'Neal - 6-1 - Auburn, Calif. / Placer High School
O'Neal joins the Hornets from Placer High School, where he was a four-year member of both the soccer and track programs for the Hillmans.
In his four seasons with the soccer program, O'Neal split time at both the forward and right-back positions. As a sophomore, O'Neal was named the team's offensive player of the year, a feat he accomplished again his junior season.
In addition to soccer, O'Neal ran track for four seasons and was a section champion in 2018 in the 4x400 event.
O'Neal also played one year of football as a senior, playing wide receiver and serving as the team's punter. He compiled over 1,200 all-purpose yards and was named to the second team all-conference.
"We are excited to bring Cyrus into our team for fall 2019," said Linenberger. "He will bring needed athleticism to our group. He is very fast, very strong and very tough, and he can play a variety of positions."
In addition to being a three-sport athlete for the Hillmans, O'Neal also played four seasons for the Placer United soccer club under head coach and former Sacramento State alumni Matt Scammacca.
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Christo Cervantes - 5-9 - Sacramento, Calif. / Natomas High School
A four-year varsity player out of Natomas High School, Christo Cervantes joins the Hornets for the fall 2019 season after a record-setting career for the Nighthawks.
Cervantes played four years with varsity under head coach Geovanni Villalobos. A Sacramento native, Cervantes scored a program-record 113 goals in four years with Natomas, including 43 in his senior season. He also added 17 assists in his final season.
He was named the team's MVP in three straight seasons from 2017-19 and was a Greater Sacramento League all-conference selection in both 2018 and 2019.
"We are excited to bring Christo into our group for fall 2019," said Linenberger. "He is a winger that has good speed and 1v1 attacking abilities. He can help create goal scoring chances as well as score goals himself. He has a competitive nature and a winning mentality that is infectious."
In addition to his historic career with Natomas High School, Cervantes also played five seasons with the Sacramento United. In 2015, he scored the equalizer in a State Cup match his team eventually won, 2-1.
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