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Matt Schubert of the Peninsula Daily News reports:

“Peninsula Colleges Miguel Gonzalez is on a level of his own”
“There is an elegance to the way Miguel Gonzalez plays soccer.”

“In the blink of an eye, the Peninsula College forward exposes angles that dont even seem to exist.

He contorts his body through traffic like a gymnast, all the while keeping the ball on his feet as if it was attached by a string.

Give him even the slightest of openings, and hell fire it at his target with the precision of a marksman.

After a few minutes, one gets the idea they are watching some sort of soccer savant a natural playing the game on a different plane than everyone else around him.”

“The diminutive sophomore has already scored a school record 28 goals in 16 matches this season, nearly doubling his previous mark from a year ago (15), and is three assists shy of Jesse Retans single-season mark (13) from 2007.

Hes scored at least one goal in every match but one the first of the season.”

“Given Gonzalezs background, it seems odd that he would have such a firm grasp of the technical aspects of the game.

An immigrant from the state of Michoacan in southwest Mexico, he first arrived in the Pacific Northwest with his three brothers, two sisters and mother at the age of 8.

He played little to no club soccer growing up on the I-5 corridor in Yelm, instead opting to team with his brothers and cousins in adult leagues and pickup games throughout the area.

While that may not be the path most players his caliber take, its one Gonzalez credits with helping him develop his unique style of play.

Read more from the full article.

Posted by Steve on October 27, 2011 at 6:13 am | Permalink

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