By Richard Campbell
Tuesday afternoon Bishop Diego High School faced Orcutt Academy in their first game of the season. Head coach Emmanuel Verduzco and assistant coach Cole Richards made their coaching debut with the Cardinals in a 4 – 0 winner against Orcutt Academy.
The four goal scorers for Bishop Diego were Sophomores Dawson Pennestri, Dallas Van Wingerden, Thomas Gaggs, and Senior Oswaldo Perez.
Coach Verduzco is working with a young Varsity team with only one senior, one junior and a mix of freshman and sophomores. Bishop Diego finished the 2021-22 season 4-2 putting them 2nd in the Tri-Valley League. Coach Verduzco is an alumni of Bishop Diego High School class of 2006. “It is surreal to be coaching on the same field where I made so many memories playing soccer for Bishop. Most of these boys were born the same year I graduated high school so this is a special group for me” said Coach Verduzco. Coach Verduzco was previously the head Varsity Soccer coach of Tri-City Christian High School in Vista, CA. Coach Verduzco is also the owner and Co-Founder of Ageless Fitness, a specialized fitness studio for seniors.
Weather permitting the Cardinals will face St. Joseph High School on Thursday in Santa Maria.