The Bellarmine Soccer team had one of its most successful seasons this past year in school history, winning the CCS Open Division Title as well as the school's first ever NorCal Division 1 Soccer Title. The Bells also had 21 wins, a feat the school has not done in over 10 years. The team started the 18-19 season with a dominant preseason, going an undefeated 5-0-1, and beating state powerhouses Santa Barbara and Watsonville. Throughout the year, the Bells climbed both state and national rankings, and after their dominant postseason run when they captured sectional and regional titles, the team finished Top 5 team in the nation. The team did not concede a goal in their CCS playoff run, including a dominating 3-0 win at Watsonville, handing the Wildcats its worst home defeat in years. As well as a 1-0 win over Branham at Buck Shaw Stadium, beating the Bruins who beat St. Ignatius and Soledad, for the CCS title. After defeating Turlock and Central in the first 2 rounds of NorCals, the Bells met fellow Jesuit powerhouse, Jesuit from Sacramento. Both teams fought hard and were deserving of being in the title game, but the Bells emerged victorious 2-1, in front of hundreds of the home crowd. The Bell soccer coaching staff is proud of the boys for accomplishing so much, both on and off the field, and wants to thank the families who helped and supported along the way.
The Bell Soccer Program is excited for the upcoming season, knowing the challenges that come with winning the CCS and NorCal championships, and being the team everyone wants to beat. Although the Bells will graduate 17 seniors this offseason, the team is poised with 10 varsity returners, including captain Gabriel Martinez '20, and center back duo Tate Hackett '21 and Myles Thomas '21. The Bells will have a tough preseason schedule, including matches against Alisal and Watsonville, as well as a showcase against the top teams in the nation. The Bellarmine soccer lower levels both won league titles last season, so there is plenty of talent to build from and it will be exciting to see the team that will be put together after tryouts. It will be tough to repeat the dominance as last year, but Coach Salcido is confident they have the players and staff to have another successful season.
Varsity Head Coach Conor Salcido
Varsity Assistant Coaches Jeff Rhodes '89 and Brandi Chastain
JV Head Coach Nick Butler '11
JV Assistant Coach Ryan Masch '12
Freshman Head Coach Matt Marquess
Freshman Assistant Coach Jesus Palomino