ANGWIN, Calif. – Head Coach Archie Asare continues building his 2017-18 recruiting class with his most recent signee, incoming freshman, Carlos Piedra.
Carlos Piedra, a native to El Monte, Calif., is finishing his senior year at San Gabriel Adventist Academy. Piedra he has been playing competitive soccer for the last six years, including his most recent involvement with AYSO, competing on their U19 team. As a 4-year starting varsity player and 2-year varsity captain at San Gabriel Academy, Carlos helped lead his team to an International League Championship Title (2016), and the Walla Walla University Fall Classic Tournament Championship Title (2016). Individually, Carlos has been named to the All-International League 2nd Team (2014), All-International League 1st Team (2015), and named Walla Walla University Fall Classic Tournament MVP.
Along with playing soccer, Piedra is an active coach and mentor for younger players. Piedra works with a youth sports program called Sportster, where he coaches young children ages 6-12. As a captain at San Gabriel Academy, Carlos took on the responsibility of portraying himself as a Christian athlete. Sportsmanship is a very important to Carlos on every team he plays on. He hopes that people who watch him play will not only see his soccer skills but will also be able to see, through his character, that he is a man of God.
"Carlos is a highly sought after student-athlete. His leadership on and off the field is one of the main reasons we wanted him in our soccer program. We are very excited to have him join the Pioneer family!" states Head Coach Archie Asare.
Apart from succeeding on the field, Carlos also excels in the classroom. He plans on studying nursing and plans on doing some medical mission work with his nursing degree.