Santa Rosa Junior College Soccer Player to Train Black Oaks Goalies

Santa Rosa Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club Goalie Goalkeeper Arquero Portero keeper

Orland High School goalkeeper Arturo Ornejas - Santa Rosa Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club

SRJC Goalie Arturo Ornejas

We’re excited to announce that Santa Rosa Junior College goalkeeper Arturo Ornelas has agreed to provide training for our youth goalkeepers for the upcoming season.  Training starts TONIGHT for ages 11 and under and Thursday for ages 12 and older, 4-6PM and will continue weekly for the upcoming season.

  • Tuesday 4-6 PM Age 11 and Under
  • Thursday 4-6PM Age 12 and Older

Arturo Ornejas joined the Santa Rosa Junior College soccer program as a freshman in 2013.  He was the starting goalkeeper all four years for the Orland High School Trojans, earning Prep Athlete of the Week honors in 2013 by the Chico Enterprise-Record.  According to the article, Ornejas posted 46 shutouts in his four years at Orland.  Thanks, Arturo, for teaching our players!

The SRJC Bear Cubs assistant coach Matt Brabetz coaches our U16 boys.

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Annual General Meeting Sat. March 14, 2015 Noon at Jennings Park

  • WHAT: Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club Inaugural Annual General Meeting

  • WHEN: Saturday, March 14, at Noon – 1 PM

  • WHERE: Jennings Park, Santa Rosa, California

  • WHO: Players, Parents, Coaches, Board of Directors, Public, Former and Current Black Oaks Players – All are Invited

  • WHY: This is the Black Oaks first-ever Annual General Meeting.  It’s your opportunity to have your say and help organize your brand new soccer club in Santa Rosa

Dear Black Oaks:

The Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club is to holding its inaugural annual meeting to elect a Board of Directors and to address issues important to our membership.  The meeting will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM Noon at Jennings Park in Santa Rosa, California.

Jennings is the home field for our club and we will be holding a meeting for all members, which include each youth player and their family, coaches and our board of directors. During the meeting we will hold elections for the board of directors as well as give a presentation about the club, its goals and philosophy. Members will also have the opportunity to address the club and propose new initiatives. Read more of this post

The Southampton Way – Developmental Soccer [VIDEO]

southampton football club - soccer club in English Premier LeagueNBC Sports broadcasted a documentary about Southampton Football Club, which has been the surprise of the Barclay’s Premier League in England, now fourth in the table.  A veritable minnow of English Football, compared to the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, Southampton made a name for itself as a club committed to developing home-grown players.  And you may have heard of some of the players to come out of Southampton, like Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers. For the Black Oaks, as a new club in a hotbed for soccer in California, we can take some inspiration from Southampton. ENJOY!

Public Memorial Service Set this Weekend for Matt Sokol

Black Oaks Memorial Badge for Matt SokolFollowing an outpouring of community sympathy, sadness and celebration for the life of Matthew Nicholas Sokol, a public memorial service has been scheduled at 1 PM this Saturday at the Montgomery High School gymnasium. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. at Legends restaurant at the Bennett Valley Golf Course, 3328 Yulupa Ave. in Santa Rosa. Bagpipes will play in his memory at 12:45 p.m. Sunday before the Black Oaks game at For Pete’s Sake field at Northwest Community Park in Santa Rosa.

Family friends have also established a Matt Sokol Memorial Fund to benefit his wife at First Community Bank, 438 First St., Santa Rosa CA 95401.  The Press Democrat published an Obituary of Matt’s life this evening.  Continue Reading ===>

Matt Sokol (1971-2012) Remembered in Local Paper

Black Oaks Soccer Club team member Matt Sokol

Matt Sokol (center)

Teammates mourn popular soccer player and teacher Matt Sokol

Santa Rosa’s tight-knit soccer community was in mourning Sunday over the sudden death of a beloved 41-year-old player who collapsed during a club soccer match and never regained consciousness.

Matt Sokol, a former standout soccer player and coach at Montgomery High School, had just come off the pitch at Northwest Community Park in Santa Rosa about noon Sunday when he appeared to suffer a seizure on the sidelines and blacked out.

His Black Oaks Soccer Club teammates, who include a doctor at Kaiser Hospital, quickly went to his aid. Despite their efforts, Sokol died a short while later at Sutter Medical Center of an apparent heart-related ailment. Continue Reading at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Black Oaks 2-1 Santos

We won 2-1! Kudos to our rookie keeper Alex as well as veteran Tim O’Donnell. With seconds to play our defense held strong. Santos had a free kick with 30 seconds to go. Their ace Freddy stepped up and hit the post. Santos got the deflection but Alex the Feline was there for the save! Black Oaks still in 1st place!

Black Oaks Remember Player/Coach Jesse Garcia (1956-2012)

It was a big surprise and heartbreaking to hear that Jesse Garcia died Saturday July 14 in a horrific auto accident, covered in the Press Democrat. Jesse was the team leader for a senior team that helped expand the Black Oaks during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. A fun, intelligent teammate who played at a high level his entire life beyond the age of 50. It was fun playing with him and all the other excellent soccer players he brought along with him, including his brothers and long-time friends. Childhood friend Thomas Cruz, in an interview with the Press Democrat, called him a “fierce defender” but he was an even tougher opponent. He played on many teams and usually became the outspoken leader no matter where he played, often leading from the sidelines and on the field. Through these many, teams, games and tournaments he touched many lives and leaves behind a large, extended family in Santa Rosa and Windsor. Many are devastated by his loss and the controversy behind it, as covered by the Press Democrat. Thank you, Jesse, for sharing the vision of locally grown soccer and making an important contribution to the greater soccer community. You will be missed by many. ===>;Continue Reading at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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