Edwin Meza â€” who scored 105 goals the last two seasons for Calistoga High â€” and Vintage seniors George Martinez, Christian Martinez and Jon Avalos all recently signed national letters of intent to continue their soccer careers at Jefferson, a community college in Missouri with a menâ€™s soccer program far stronger than any in Northern California.
Peck said he found out about the four Valley players through Vintage co-coach Bernie Ochoa, whose cousin, Alex Ochoa, is on Jeffersonâ€™s coaching staff.
â€œAfter talking to Alex, Bernie decided to send these four young men our way, to experience it for themselves, to see that this is for real,â€ said Peck, who has now coached eight straight NJCAA Region XVI-champion squads, four at nearby East Central College and four at Jefferson, with help from out-of-state recruits. â€œTheyâ€™re willing to take the risk to find out what players from Florida found out eight years ago, that everything I ask them to do, theyâ€™re doing for themselves.â€
Jefferson College finished 7th in the final polls last Fall.