MENâ€™S SOCCER ADDS JUCO ALL-AMERICAN MARROQUIN FOR 2009 SEASON
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State head men’s soccer coach Michael Linenberger has announced the signing of junior college transfer Diego Marroquin for the 2009-10 school year.
Marroquin, who will enter the program as a junior in the fall of 2009, spent the last two seasons at Santa Rosa JC, leading the Bear Cubs to a pair of Big 8 Conference titles. A standout on the defensive back line, Marroquin earned first team All-American honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America after leading Santa Rosa to a 19-1-4 mark and a final national ranking of No. 3.
Other accomplishments for Marroquin in 2008 include first team all-Far West region honors from the NSCAA, and the Big 8 Conference Player of the Year award. With Marroquin anchoring the back line, the Bear Cubs ran off a stretch of 10 straight shutouts, and shut out their opponents in 14 of the team’s 24 games. He was also a threat offensively, scoring two goals and adding two assists in 2008.
“Diego brings maturity and athleticism to our back line,” Linenberger said. “We lost a pair of strong and athletic defenders (Omar Martinez and Adam Owens), so it was big for us to find an experienced player to fill the void. He will also give us opportunities to move players around and try different formations.”
A native of Petaluma, Calif., Marroquin was a 2006 graduate of Petaluma High School, earning four varsity letters for the Trojans. He competed at the club level for Santa Rosa United.